Don Parker, EdD, is the principal of Posen Intermediate School in Illinois. Previously, he was the principal of Lincoln Avenue School, where he improved school culture, implemented a resilience program, managed the implementation of restorative justice, and increased attendance and student achievement.
An educator since 1997, Dr. Parker has also served as a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal of student life, assistant principal for curriculum and instruction, and assistant principal for activities and athletics. His experiences include working in inner-city Chicago Public Schools and predominantly low-income minority suburban schools. Dr. Parker was also an adjunct professor and instructed graduate courses to a cohort of students seeking their master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at National-Louis University in Illinois.
His diverse background in education has provided him with the knowledge of how to best apply evidence-based methods and student interventions to improve student behavior and increase student achievement. He has shared his expertise at top educational conferences, including the Every Student Succeeds Act Conference, the Staff Development for Educators National Conference, and the National Principals Conference.
Dr. Parker received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Wartburg College in Iowa, a master’s degree in educational administration from Governors State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University in Illinois.