Expert Instruction Podcast
Data-based decision making
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Sep 19, 2023

Ep. 32: The Fundamentals of Schoolwide Teams

In today's episode, join us as we talk about the similarities and the differences across schoolwide teams...and how it all comes down to contextual fit.

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Two system-level, foundational features of PBIS implementation relate to your schoolwide team — specifically who’s on it and how it operates. While research tells us team-based decision making is an effective practice, it can’t pinpoint exactly which practices contribute to that success.1,2 That’s because what makes teams so great has a lot to do with how well they fit within the culture and context of their schoolwide community.

So what does a schoolwide PBIS team look like? How does it work? We invited our colleague Danielle Triplett to join us today to share some of her experiences working with teams in every role from team member to district-level coach.

Danielle is a Senior Research Assistant and member of our PBIS Apps training team. She is passionate about schools. In her work, she’s particularly interested in exploring how schools can improve educational equity, offer alternatives to exclusionary discipline, use data for decision-making, and implement multi-tiered systems of support for behavior and mental health.

For more information about the resources shared in this episode, check out the following links:

1. Rosenfield, S., Newell, M., Zwolski Jr, S., & Benishek, L. E. (2018). Evaluating problem-solving teams in K–12 schools: Do they work?. American Psychologist73(4), 407.
2. Sims, W. A., King, K.R., Preast, J. L., Burns, M. K., Panameño, S., (2023): Are School-Based Problem-Solving Teams Effective? A Meta-Analysis of Student- and Systems-Leve lEffects, Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, DOI: 10.1080/10474412.2023.2232785.

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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.


Nadia Sampson

Nadia K. Sampson has worked at Educational & Community Supports since 1997 and is currently a member of the PBISApps Training Team. Most recently she was added as a co-host of Expert Instruction: The Teach by Design Podcast. She and her husband are looking forward to some new adventures as empty-nesters!