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Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims

Business Owner

Hollins-Sims Consultation

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

K-12 & Higher Ed Management, School Psychology

15+ Years of Experience

Doctoral or professional degree
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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About Me

Nikole Y. Hollins-Sims, Ed.D., is the senior educational consultant & strategist for Hollins-Sims Consultation. She formerly served as a technical assistance coordinator for the Midwest PBIS network and is a former Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Additionally, Dr. Hollins-Sims has previously served as an educational consultant for the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), where she was the co-statewide lead for the Learning Environment & Engagement initiative. She is a Pennsylvania certified school psychologist and has conducted research around caregivers of children of incarcerated parents and their motivation to engage in family-school partnerships.



Hollins-Sims, N. Y. , Codding, R. S., & VanDerHeyden, A. M. (2022). The science of math: Inclusion, opportunity and social responsibility. Communique’, 50 (6), p. 1, 31-34.


McIntosh, K., Green, A. L., & Hollins-Sims, N. (2023). Improving school climate within multi-tiered systems of support. In T. La Salle (Ed.), A primer for creating positive school environments for marginalized and minoritized youth. Routledge.


Hollins-Sims, N., Runge, T. & Kaurudar, E (2023) Creating Equitable Practices in PBIS: Growing a positive school climate for sustainable outcomes. Routledge.

Additional Publications

National Association of School Psychologists. (2018). Implicit bias, part 2—Addressing disproportionality in discipline: A prospective look at culturally responsive positive behavior intervention and supports [handout]. Bethesda, MD: Author

National Association of School Psychologists. (2021). Promoting Just Special Education Identification and School Discipline Practices [Position Statement].

Romer, N., Hollins-Sims, N., Owens-West, R., Perales, K., Walrond, N., Payno-Simmons, R., & McIntosh, K. (2023). Centering equity in data-based decision-making: Considerations and recommendations for leadership teams. Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety at WestEd and the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

Websites, Infographics & Toolkits

Hollins-Sims Consultation, LLC -

Pennsylvanian Department of Education: Equitable Practices Hub - Equitable Practices Hub (\

What is Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in Pennsylvania? - Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Pennsylvania (


Reviewer: Glossary of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (EIB) Terms for Pennsylvania Learning Environments

Available For

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Online Presence

Speaker's Experience

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Building Belonging from Birth On

Jacksonville, Florida

USA, 03/2023

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Awards and Accomplishments

Dr. Hollins-Sims has been awarded as a Moral and Courageous Leader for Education by Cabrini University in 2021, the 2021 American Psychological Association (APA) Anti-Racism School Psychology Emerging Professional Award and was named the 2021 Pennsylvania School Psychologist of the Year. She has also been honored with the Gateway to Equity Award by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Chapter. One of her career highlights is serving as the lead author of the book titled: Creating Equitable Practices in PBIS.

Alumni Associations

Millersville University

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Books and Publications

Book / Publication title: Creating Equitable Practices in PBIS

Year : 2023

Primary Skills

Systems ChangeEquityInclusionBelongingLeadershipCoaching

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