School Leadership, Educators' Beliefs, and Fidelity: A Mediation Analysis

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2,5
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. explain the functional relationship among educators’ beliefs toward evidence-based practices (EBPs), fidelity, and student outcomes on a school level.
  2. evaluate how their own beliefs about EBPs affect the successful delivery of EBPs to benefit students.
  3. apply the implications of the negative findings to strategically enhance their implementation of EBPs within MTSS.


School-based implementation research identified key determinants for the successful implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP) and improved student outcomes under MTSS. However, the functional mechanism of how those determinants interact remains unknown. This study examined the extent to which educators’ beliefs towards EBPs mediate the relationship between school leadership, climate, and implementation fidelity. Come to learn how to devise consultations and interventions targeting educators’ supportive beliefs to enhance fidelity for optimal student outcomes.



Yanchen Zhang, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse


Clayton R. Cook


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