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    De-implementation: Creating the Space to Focus on What Works

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Session Descriptions, Dates, Outcomes

Synchronous virtual sessions with Peter DeWitt

Too often, people want to reduce or do away with practices they believe are forced upon them, rather than looking at their own practices. 

Individuals or teams will be invited to explore de-implementation over four 1-hour live remote synchronous sessions, and how it relates to their own practices. This webinar series will guide participants to look at how to de-implement what they do have influence over, rather than what they do not control.

Research shows that metacognition helps the learning at professional learning sessions more impactful. To that end, there are a few strategies that will be used before the session begins. For example, in each session, Peter DeWitt, Ed.D. will provide success criteria, and then will ask participants to define their success criteria for the session as well. This will not be a “Sit and Get,” and participants will be expected to engage through unmuting and/or Mentimeter, which is an online anonymous engagement tool. 

However, it’s important for each individual and team to explore why they are interested in de-implementation. The questions to ponder are fairly simple. <b>They are:

  • What is your interest in de-implementation?
  • How have you engaged in de-implementation in your own work?
  • What do you plan to do with this information after you learn it?

Dates are:

  • Session 1 - Tuesday, February 28th, 2023 - 4:30 pm EST
  • Session 2 - Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 - 4:30pm EST
  • Session 3 - Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 - 4:30 pm EST
  • Session 4 - Tuesday, March 21st, 2023 - 4:30 pm EST

Session 1 - De-implementation: The research behind getting rid of stuff 

In session 1, participants will:

  • Learn there are at least 5 reasons we over-implement.
  • Learn how to engage in effective implementation using the PRISM Model.
  • Define their adaptive challenge that makes de-implementation so difficult.
  • Understand the definition of de-implementation, and what the research shows us about the concept.
  • Learn that there are two ways to engage in de-implementation, which is formal and informal.

Session 2 - Low Value Practices: What do those look like? 

In session 2, participants will:

  • Reflect on their understanding of de-implementation from the first session.
  • Learn the criteria behind what constitutes a low value practice. 
  • Reflect on questions we need to ask ourselves before we implement or de-implement a practice or initiative. 
  • Learn that there are two ways to de-implement, which are a partial reduction or a replacement action.

Session 3 - Focused De-implementation: You need a theory of action to do this work 

In session 3, participants will:

  • Reflect on their understanding of de-implementation from the first two sessions.
  • Engage in a cycle of inquiry process, which begins with developing a theory of action.

Session 4 - Putting the plan into action: Using a program logic model 

In session 4, participants will:

  • Reflect on their understanding of de-implementation from the first three sessions.
  • Learn how to use a program logic model for more effective implementation and de-implementation practices. 
  • Understand that there is direct and indirect evidence that can be collected to understand progress toward a goal. 
  • Leave the 4 sessions with a greater understanding of why de-implementation can help them become more successful and less stressed.

All participants signed up for the course through Thinkific will be provided with access to all 4 synchronous sessions through Zoom. Peter will send each link as well as some thoughts to ponder and possible homework to better prepare everyone for each session. Sessions will be recorded but the preferred method of interaction is through live synchronous sessions.

Course Reading: De-implementation: Creating the Space to Focus on What Works


Peter DeWitt

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He is a workshop facilitator and 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.

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

Peter is the author, co-author or contributor of numerous books. Visit for more about his work.