πŸ“‘ Is De-Implementation the Best Way to Build Back Better?

Bookmarked Is De-Implementation the Best Way to Build Back Better? (PETER DEWITT, ED.D)

We can no longer pile more and more on the plates of educators and need to take a seriously look, and then engage in actionable steps, to de-implement those initiatives that no longer work and waste our time.

Peter DeWitt reflects on the impact of the current crisis on education. He explains that it has put more stress on the well-being of teachers as well as students. Therefore, to build back better, we need to ‘de-implement’:


De-implementation is a graduated continuum of individual, team, and organizational change that require different strategies in terms of learning and unlearning. Learning refers to the process of acquiring new skills or knowledge. Unlearning is a process of discarding outdated mental models to make room for alternative models.

This reminds me of Tom Barrett’s discussion of innovation compression.

How might we fully appreciate the resources needed to introduce these new ideas and what they overlap with? How can we create space for people to make the most of this idea and for it to have the impact we want? Which programmes or existing innovations might be discarded to release energy and resources?

I wonder if in not taking something off the plate, we instead risk a shock to the system that will require so much more effort to turnaround.

5 responses on “πŸ“‘ Is De-Implementation the Best Way to Build Back Better?”

  1. Deb, I dived back into my archive and found the following:

    COVID 19 – School Leadership in Disruptive Times by Alma Harris and Michelle Jones
    Five ideas for School Leaders to beat the COVID slump by Peter Hutton
    Is De-Implementation the Best Way to Build Back Better? by Peter DeWitt
    More help needed for vulnerable learners in the age of COVID-19 school closures by Catherine Drane, Lynette Vernon and Sarah O’Shea
    Lessons Learned – Reflecting on educational equity in the COVID-19 era by Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt
    When the Machine Starts Up Again, will you remember? by Kath Murdoch

    Just not sure when β€˜post’-COVID begins?

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