Fri, 02/16/2024
Angela M. Jack & Kris Earl

Embarking on the path of change and implementation requires more than just a vision; it demands a strategic roadmap to navigate the complexities effectively. The map serves as your guide, helping you plot the course, identify, and avoid obstacles, and reach your destination with confidence. In the current educational landscape, where change is... Read more

Mon, 01/29/2024
Kelly Henderson, Ph.D. and Rachel Hamilton, M.Ed., Formed Families Forward

James Charlton coined the phrase, “Nothing about us without us,” in the ‘90s, and it quickly became the rallying cry of disability rights activists. No policy, practice, or change should be done in the absence of those most impacted by that change. Extending beyond that specific community, it is imperative that any effort to affect systems... Read more

Fri, 11/10/2023

Why is it important to focus on implementation practices for scaling?

Have you ever been involved in implementing an intervention that has been supported with implementation practices to reach fidelity, with the team thinking that you are all set to... Read more

Mon, 10/09/2023

Shocktober has hit! The celebration of starting a new academic year is over and we are now into the daily routine of supporting teachers, making 1,000 decisions a day, and teaching to the hearts and minds of our students. All of this can seem overwhelming at times. In K-12 education we have a lot on our plates on a daily basis – testing,... Read more

Fri, 09/01/2023

As the back-to-school tide rolls in, it's time to hoist the sails of excitement and set the course for a remarkable implementation journey. Like skilled captains, implementation support practitioners are at the helm, steering the ship through the uncharted waters of a new school year. Whether you're an executive sponsor, an implementation team... Read more

Fri, 06/02/2023
Angela M. Jack, April Kiser-Edwards, Sophia Farmer

Imagine the first time you heard the word "brokering" used in an educational space. Is the term "broker" anything you've ever thought about? Who does the brokering? What exactly is being brokered? Where does the concept of brokering fit within K–12 education?
You are here, so you know that supporting the implementation of... Read more

Mon, 05/01/2023
Sophia Farmer & Rebekah Hornak

What is an Implementation Support Practitioner?

Spring is here! April showers will soon bring May flowers. As I dig into the dirt, planting this year’s garden, I am reminded of a saying I have heard used among teachers: “Find your marigold, and later be the marigold.” If you are a gardener, you know what this metaphor means. Companion... Read more

Thu, 03/30/2023
Rebekah Hornak & Yolanda Perkins

When you think about sustaining an evidence-based practice, what comes to mind?

We have been working through this ourselves at the SISEP Center. According to Rabin (2008), sustainability is:

“To what extent an evidence-based intervention can deliver its intended benefits over an extended period of time after external support... Read more

Wed, 03/01/2023

Implementation Resilience in the Face of Challenges

Today, human service organizations grapple with many unprecedented challenges—challenges that are systemic and impact the implementation of evidence-based programs and practices with quality. Our most vulnerable populations–like children experiencing poverty, the disability community... Read more

Wed, 02/08/2023
Sophia Farmer and Rebekah Hornak

A recent article by Jim Knight inspired an in-depth conversation on fidelity at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) out of UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Our interest was piqued, given our work within the field of implementation science and practice and the role of fidelity in K-12 education. As we try to... Read more