Addressing Teacher Buy-In: The Key to Systems Change

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify the psychological factors that prevent buy-in or that maintain resistance to change
  2. develop effective strategies to address and enhance teacher buy-in when planning systems change
  3. describe methods to measure the various stages of readiness for change within individuals and systems
  4. enrich their consultation skills as part of their comprehensive role as outlined by the NASP Practice Model


Infusing schools with innovative, exciting, evidence-based practices requires teacher buy-in. A variety of factors influence this buy-in, and they must be considered if new initiatives stand a chance to succeed. Some research offers guidance and a jumping-off point for a rich discussion in which participants will consider ways that school psychologists, as consultants, can help break down barriers to meaningful progress.



Barbara Miller, PhD, William James College
Gayle L. Macklem, William James College


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