J. Richard Dewey
J. Richard Dewey, PhD, a university teacher, has more than 39 years of experience as an educator. He is a recognized authority on school improvement best practices and successful leadership.
Dr. Dewey’s career includes service as a teacher, athletic coach, assistant principal, and principal. He draws from this rich background to deliver motivating, practical presentations. Since 2006, Dr. Dewey has worked with hundreds of preK–12 schools in 39 states, engaged in developing successful and sustainable professional learning communities. As the founding principal of Eastview High School in Minnesota, Dr. Dewey created a PLC that has frequently earned the school state and national recognition.
The successful leadership techniques Dr. Dewey shares in his lectures and workshops have been shaped by his myriad responsibilities, including leadership for curriculum and instruction, effective student services, master scheduling, special education, high potential programs, and training educators and principals at the graduate school level. For 20 years, he was principal of Rosemount High School, a national school of excellence, and Eastview High School, both in Minnesota School District 196.
At Eastview, Dr. Dewey advanced the design and construction of the new school and selected teachers and administrators who support PLC at Work™ principles. Eastview is a thriving PLC and has appeared on ten consecutive Newsweek lists and five consecutive U.S. News and World Report lists of America’s Best High Schools. Eastview is also one of few high schools in Minnesota to earn the esteemed “Ten Star Rating” multiple years in a row for routinely producing top reading, writing, and math test scores in the state.
Dr. Dewey earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Minnesota.