Navigating Systems-Level Change Within Alternative School Settings

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 5,6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. interact with fellow systems-level change agents working within alternative schools to discuss avoiding or responding to barriers to implementation of systems-level initiatives.
  2. increase their knowledge of the consultation and collaboration skills and processes for initiating and promoting the implementation of systems-level change efforts.
  3. learn about and discuss tools that can be used to examine capacity to implement systems-level change and evaluate initiative implementation.


The purpose of this practitioner conversation is to create a forum in which participants can exchange ideas in regard to navigating systems change within alternative school settings. Discussion will revolve around barriers and facilitators of success along with practical aspects of school-based, practitioner-implemented consultation and collaboration strategies to support systemic change. Dialogue will also incorporate social justice issues inherent to systems-level change within alternative schools.



Chelsea M. Ritter, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Dawn R. Steinbeck, Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7


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