When it comes to school initiatives, more isn’t always better.
Today’s educators are buried under old practices, new ideas, and recommended initiatives. The problem? With such an abundance of strategies, it’s hard to recognize what, if anything, is working.
Before you’re tempted to add just one more idea to the pile, take a step back—and an objective look—so that you, central office leaders, building leaders, and teachers can decide which practices to keep, which to modify, and which to eliminate altogether. This guide provides
- A research- and evidence-based framework for determining efficacy
- Practical steps for removing, reducing, or replacing ineffective practices
- Action steps, examples, and tips for beginning the work—and getting teacher buy-in
- Templates for charting your school’s individual path to de-implementation
Ineffective practices don’t just waste teacher time; they can have a catastrophic impact on student progress. Use de-implementation to shine a light on the path forward—one where teachers can focus on what works, and students can focus on learning.
In this presentation, Peter DeWitt focuses on de-implementation, which is the abandoning of low value practices (van Bodegom-Vos L.). Tackling the challenge of overwork, he shares the different forms de-implementation can take and when it makes sense to use a formalized process to lessen waste, increase results, and support major school improvement efforts.
What we all need is time to focus and cut down on the noise. We need time to breathe and engage in conversations that focus on deeper impact...but we won’t get that time back until we begin taking some things off our plates.