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Aug 16, 2022

Ep. 21: Benefits & Examples of Creating a School-wide Purpose Statement

In this episode, explore with us the role “purpose” plays in your school and how you can go about the business of co-creating one with your larger school-wide community.

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We all have a reason compelling us to get up and go to work in the morning. Our personal purpose plays a big role in how engaged we are in the work we do. Defining your why is a hot topic of conversation these days, and it’s an important thing to do. Equally important is defining your school’s organizational purpose, but it’s not something we talk as much about.

In today’s episode of Expert Instruction, we’re answering the questions:

  • What is a school-wide purpose statement?
  • Why is a purpose statement important?
  • How do you co-create a purpose statement with your larger school-wide community?

Our guest is Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims. Nikole is an educational consultant, strategist, and most recently, technical assistance coordinator with the Midwest PBIS Network. Prior to joining up with the Midwest PBIS team, she served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education as well as an educational consultant working for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network. Nikole is a systems-level thinker who finds transforming educational ecosystems to be some of the most rewarding work she can do.

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Megan Cave


Megan Cave

Megan Cave is a member of the PBISApps Marketing and Communication team. She is the writer behind the user manuals, scripted video tutorials, and news articles for PBISApps. She also writes a monthly article for Teach by Design and contributes to its accompanying Expert Instruction podcast episode. Megan has completed four half marathons – three of which happened unintentionally – and in all likelihood, will run another in the future.

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