5/23-5/24 Safe & Supportive Schools Webinar Event: “Implementing New Programs—The Impact of Current Practice”

The Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center (SSSTA), supported by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, announces its next Implementation Webinar Series event, “Implementing New Programs—The Impact of Current Practice.” It will be offered twice to accommodate schedules:

  • Session 1: Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 4:00 pm − 5:30 pm Eastern Time
  • Session 2: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 11:00 am − 12:30 pm Eastern Time

When schools assess the programs and practices they have in place to improve school climate, new programmatic efforts are sometimes implemented to address a school’s needs and strengths. The selection of new programs can be well intended and positively influenced by data collection, current practice and organizational realities. However, current practices and organizational realities can also impede the implementation process. Dr. Sara Truebridge, education consultant and researcher with an expertise in resilience and educational reform, will explore the “delicate dance” that can be required when new programs are inserted into existing organizational realities. It also will feature related work by Wisconsin’s Safe and Supportive Schools grant program.

As a result of participating in this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify practices, policies and organizational conditions that impede adoption of new programs AND those that enhance new program implementation;
  • Describe steps to prepare school staff and adjust organizational structures to allow for effective implementation of new programs within the existing environment; and
  • Identify key policy and leadership tasks to more effectively meld existing practices with new programmatic directions.

This webinar is appropriate for school district superintendents and allied staff, school administrators, school climate teams, school improvement teams, student support personnel and any staff engaged in leading change.

To participate, please register for one of the sessions at http://bit.ly/ssswebinar.   Those who successfully register will receive an e-mail confirmation from the SSSTA. Information on how to connect to each webinar will be sent to those who register. However, since space is limited, please register now!