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Teach by Design is PBISApps' newest space for transforming complex research into straight-forward solutions. We give K-12 leaders and educators tools and strategies you need to make your classrooms more effective and equitable places where you spend more time teaching and less time negotiating student behavior. Every second Tuesday of the month we will come out with a new article designed to help you with a common problem.


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  • When you’re provided with a consistent set of questions for teams to ask and know the best sources of data with which to answer these questions, the process becomes not so overwhelming and, just maybe, a little fun!
  • We have 24 new things you’re just going to LOVE! From mini griddles, to easy classroom strategies, here are the little things that will bring big joy to your day. It’s our Favorite Things for 2019!
  • Student disruptions are going to happen regardless of our attempts to get rid of them. So, why not plan for them?

  • When it comes to our referral process, knowing what subjective behaviors feel like isn’t enough; we have to define them. Find out how to define defiance in your classroom and how to manage it when it happens.

  • If you think your referral process is written in stone, think again. You can adjust it to fit your style without sacrificing fidelity. Here's how.

  • ​Your school's systems work together to make sure you’re collecting the right information in the right way at the right time. When it comes to improving student outcomes, everything starts with your discipline systems. Here’s how. 

  • Looking for a little inspiration to carry you into the upcoming school year? Here are 12 books to check out...preferably poolside.

  • ​If meetings are going to be part of your work, don't let them be a waste of time. Here are 28 hacks to make your next meeting the best one yet.

  • ​Using data to make decisions is important. What role does your intuition play in the process? Here are a few of our best tips to help you find that balance between using data and using your gut.

  • Research tells us nearly every aspect of school life improves when you make school the kind of place where everyone wants to be. Find out what we mean by "positive school climate," how to measure it, and what to avoid in order to keep the good stuff going.

  • ​What does a Netflix series and your survey schedule have in common? Clutter. Find out three tips to consider as you transition to using the TFI in place of other surveys.

  • How do you translate the academic jargon of research into effective practices that work in the real world? In a word: Implementation. Here are the key elements you need to get the results you want see.
  • We have 24 new things you’re just going to LOVE! From highlighters that erase, to easy classroom strategies, here are the little things that will bring big joy to your day. It’s our Favorite Things for 2018!
  • Don't let a thing like dinner plans and childcare keep your school's families from coming to curriculum night. Find out how to make your traditional strategies for involving families so much more engaging.
  • Find out which attributes make a team successful and how fixing these three common mistakes will make your team better than it already is.
  • Read all about the six-item checklist you'll want to use the next time you need everyone on board with your school's initiative.
  • The higher your fidelity score, the better your odds for improving student outcomes. How well you can match the intervention to your context matters almost as much.
  • No matter what you do, if you want to come back from summer break rested and ready, here are the four things you're going to want to fit into your schedule.
  • You can do more with your suspension data than just report it to the state. Here are some tips for you to consider as you develop a plan to suspend fe​wer studen​ts next year.​
  • Knowing the function of a student's behavior is the difference between creating a support plan that works versus creating one that makes things worse. Learn how to spot why a student acts out and how to teach everyone in your building to spot it, too.
  • We asked Dr. Jeffrey Sprague to offer some practical strategies to start creating safer, more positive social cultures in every school. Here's what he had to say.
  • Here are 13 ideas to get you thinking about what you'll do when spring is here...as told by hilarious cat GIFs.
  • What could we possibly tell you about setting goals you don't already know? Here are four strategies to add to your goal-setting arsenal.
  • It’s that time of year! Here's our list of favorite things you’re sure to love, too.
  • ​Did a school end their reward program or did they just change the reward?
  • Find out how ODR data collected in September and October hold the keys to identifying who needs additional support now.
  • Why is it some schools succes​sfully implement new practices while other schools never take off? Click here to learn more.​
  • ​​Check-In Check-Out is a great way to help students manage their behavior when they need just a little more practice. Learn about common pitfalls and simple strategies to make your CICO program run smoothly.
  • Action planning doesn't have to be an after thought. With a little strategy, you can transform your conversations from all talk to real action items. Read More...
  • ​Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS) co-author Anne Todd gives 5 things you can do right now to get more out of your team meetings.​

  • Predicting year-end student outcomes in October doesn't seem possible, but it's backed by research. Read on to find out more!

  • Sharing data with all school staff invites everyone to participate in problem solving and to find solutions. Here are three ways schools creatively share data in their buildings.​
  • SWIS facilitator, Bob Koenig, shares his experience getting his district's transportation department up and running with the SWIS application.