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CANCELLED – De-Implementation: Creating the Space to Focus on What Works – Peter DeWitt

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  • CANCELLED - De-Implementation
    September 20, 2022
    8:30 am - 3:00 pm


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

September 20, 2022

8:30am – 3:00 pm

Illinois Administrator Academy # 3837 – Reconstructing Leadership in A Culture of Change


 Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He is a school leadership coach and author of many best-selling educational books, 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 and teacher leaders as well as school-based leadership teams both in-person and remotely. In the Summer of 2021, DeWitt created a year long on-demand, asynchronous coaching course through Thinkific where he has created a community of learners that include k-12 educators in leadership positions. 

       DeWitt’s 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.

For more info go to: https://petermdewitt.com/bio



Research shows that the workload of principals has increased over the last two decades (NASSP, LPI) and teachers are more stressed and anxious now than they were one year ago at the height of the pandemic (Education Week). What this means is that teachers and leaders are at risk of being spread too thin. Unfortunately, the stress of the job has always had a negative impact on how educators implement classroom and building initiatives, which prevents them from going deeper when it comes to student learning. 

In this presentation, Peter DeWitt will focus on de-implementation, which is the abandoning of low value practices (van Bodegom-Vos L.). When it comes to de-implementation, educators have two options. One is to partially reduce a few of their low value practices or to engage in a replacement action, where they spend their energy finding something that is more effective.   


  • Research – We will discuss the research from the medical field, field of school psychology and some early research from field of educational leadership. 
  • How we implement – PRISM
  • How we engage in de-implementation

  • Formal vs. Informal de-implementation – There are 2 ways of looking at the process behind de-implementation. 

  • Criteria – Understanding the criteria behind what gets de-implemented is key. 

  • Practice – We will engage in a cycle of de-implementation. The cycle has four distinct parts, which are: 

    • Assess

    • Plan

    • Implement

    • Evaluate

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Define de-implementation.

  • Describe how our locus of control impacts our decision making.

  • Define what constitutes low value practices.

  • Differentiate between informal and formal de-implementation.

  • Describe the two types of de-implementation. 

  • Engage in the process of de-implementation.

Creating the Space to Focus on WHAT WORKS
 is included with the registration fee.  Every participant (In-Person and Live-Stream) will have their book shipped to their address.


550 North Shriners Drive, Addison, Illinois, 60101, United States

Additional Information
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  • Cancellations must be received at least 5 business days before the program event in order for refunds to be made. A $10 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.
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