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Creating the Space to Focus on What Works

By: Peter M. DeWitt

Follow this evidence-based framework to determine the efficacy of current practices, take practical steps to replace ineffective ones, and chart your school’s path to de-implementation.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071885215
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: June 06, 2022

Price: $32.95

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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.



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Peter M. DeWitt

Peter M. DeWitt, EdD is a former K–5 teacher (eleven years) and princi­pal (eight years). He is a school leader­ship coach who runs competency-based workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally, focus­ing on school leadership (collaborative cultures and instructional leadership), as well as fostering inclusive school climates.

Additionally, Peter coaches school-based leaders, directors, instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and school-based leadership teams both in per­son and remotely. In summer 2021 Peter created a yearlong on-demand asynchronous coaching course through Thinkific where he has fostered a community of learners that includes K–12 educators in leadership positions.

Peter’s work has been adopted at the state and university level, and he works with numerous school districts, school boards, regional networks, and ministries of education around North America, Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the UK.

Peter writes the “Finding Common Ground” column for Education Week, which has been in circulation since 2011. In 2020 Peter co-created Education Week’s “A Seat at the Table” series, where he moderates con­versations with experts around the topics of race, gender, sexual orienta­tion, research, trauma, and many other educational topics.

Additionally, Peter is the editor for the Connected Educator series (Corwin) and the Impact series (Corwin), which include books by Viviane Robinson, Andy Hargreaves, Pasi Sahlberg, Yong Zhao, and Michael Fullan. He is the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State’s (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year and the 2015 Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences), and he sits on numerous advisory boards. Peter is the author, co-author, or contributor of numerous books, including the following:

· Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students (Corwin, 2012)

· School Climate Change (co-authored with Sean Slade; ASCD, 2014)

· Flipping Leadership Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin, 2014)

· Collaborative Leadership: Six Influences That Matter Most (Corwin/Learning Forward, 2016)

· School Climate: Leading With Collective Teacher Efficacy (Corwin/Ontario Principals Council, 2017)

· Coach It Further: Using the Art of Coaching to Improve School Leadership (Corwin, 2018)

· Instructional Leadership: Creating Practice Out of Theory (Corwin, 2020)

· 10 Mindframes for Leaders: The Visible Learning Approach to School Success (edited by John Hattie and Ray Smith; Corwin, 2020)

· Collective Leader Efficacy: Strengthening the Impact of Instructional Leadership Teams (Corwin/Learning Forward, 2021)

Peter’s articles have appeared in educational research journals at the state, national, and international level. His books have been translated into four languages.

Some of the organizations Peter has worked with are the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Arkansas State University, EDUTAS, University of Oklahoma, Victoria Department of Education (Australia), University of Rotterdam (Netherlands), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), the National Education Association (NEA), New Brunswick Teacher’s Association (Canada), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Education Scotland (Scotland), Glasgow City Council (Scotland), Kuwait Technical College (Kuwait), the National Association of School Psychologists, ASCD, l’Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO), the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO), the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC), National School Climate Center, GLSEN, PBS, NPR, BAM Radio Network, ABC, and NBC’s Education Nation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author


What Are Educators Interested in De-implementing?

Chapter 1: The Trouble With Implementation (and how to make it better)

     Educational Trends Over the Past Thirty Years

     Five Reasons We Over-Implement

     Improving Implementation

     A Quick Guide for Good Implementation

     Addressing Our Assumptions

     Anticipating Roadblocks

     Monitoring Our Minds—Mindset

     In the End

     Discussion Questions

Chapter 2: The De-implementation Research (with practical adaptations)

     Defining De-implementation

     Two Types of De-implementation

     Formal and Informal De-implementation

     Anticipating Roadblocks

     Monitoring Our Minds: Unlearning and Relearning

     In the End

     Discussion Questions

     Chapter 3: What Gets De-implemented (based on reflection and evidence)

     Partial Reduction

     Replacement Actions

     The Foundations of Your De-implementation Plan

     Criteria for What Gets De-implemented

     Gathering Evidence

     Gathering Questions

     Anticipating Roadblocks

     Monitoring Our Minds: Locus of Control

     In the End

     Discussion Questions

Chapter 4: The Cycle of De-implementation (for big ideas around school change)

     The Cycle of De-implementation

     Sometimes Slow Is Fast

     Anticipating Roadblocks

     Monitoring Our Minds: Filling the Void

     In the End

     Discussion Questions

Chapter 5: Your Team’s De-implementation Process (considering who you need and how fast to go)

     This Chapter

     Part I: Your Team

     Pacing and Agendas

     Part II: Your Official Cycle of De-implementation

     Anticipating Roadblocks

     Monitoring Our Minds: Well-Being

     In the End

     Discussion Questions

     One Final Activity