System Change, the Forgotten Tool

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,2
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn the results of a study on implementation science/system change.
  2. learn how to scale up a new innovation or program.
  3. learn the Heptagon Tool and its use in their school on Monday morning.
  4. learn how to integrated the work of system change into the new 2020 NASP Practice Model.


Why do some schools and districts struggle with full implementation of MTSS? Are there specific variables that lead to more successful MTSS implementation? We will provide results of a study looking at the knowledge and training that school psychologists have in implementation science. Practitioners will also learn how to use the Heptagon Tool to help their school or district scaleup a new innovative practice or program.



James R. Deni, Appalachian State University
Alana Smith, Appalachian State University
Faith D. Dearman, Appalachian State University


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