Implementing New Programs: The Impact of Current Practice

Event Date: 
May 23, 2012 - 04:00pm to 05:30pm EDT
May 24, 2012 - 11:00am to 12:30pm EDT


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. In this webinar, Dr. Sara Truebridge, education consultant and researcher with an expertise in resilience and educational reform, explored the “delicate dance” that can be required when new programmatic efforts are inserted into existing organizational realities. It featured related work by Wisconsin’s Safe and Supportive Schools grant program.

Learning Objectives

As a result of viewing this session, viewers were 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.

Webinar Materials

View the Webinar recording (Windows Media Video) 

Download the presentation slides (PDF) 

Have you seen our Website feature Voices from the Field? It is a place where administrators, teachers, school support staff, community, and family members can (1) share what they think by responding to a polling question, (2) see what others think by viewing the poll’s results, (3) see what experts think by reading a short post that includes references and related resources, and (4) share one’s own experiences by posting comments on safe and supportive schools topics. The topic for May 2012 is focused on implementing school climate improvements, corresponding to this Webinar.  We invite you to participate and look forward to hearing from the field on how school climate improvements are being implemented!