J. Richard Dewey

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.

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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.

 

PLC at Work™

Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad, and Tim Brown, the champions of PLC at Work™, are among the foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools. They consult with state departments, professional organizations, and school districts worldwide on strategies for improving schools.

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Presentation titles by J. Richard Dewey

  • Taking Active Control of Your Professional Learning Community Journey
  • The Principal as a Leader and Builder of Capacity
  • Getting the Culture Right for Success and Sustainability
  • Building Leadership Density: Coaching for Success and Sustainability
  • Leadership for Master(ful) Scheduling© That Supports and Enables Professional Learning Communities at Work™
  • The Data Team Process: Collaborative Action Research That Support and Enables Professional Learning Communities at Work™
  • Complex to Simple: One School’s Extraordinary Journey to Educational Equity
  • Power Standards: Why, What, and How
  • Toward Assessment Literacy: Using Relevant Information to Inform and Impact Practice
  • A Proactive and Responsive Pyramid of Interventions

“Dr. Dewey did an excellent job of communicating keeping the staff focused on meeting the objectives we discussed prior to the workshop and delivering the content expected. I believe our staff now has a better understanding of a PLC, the value of a PLC, how collaborative teams function effectively, how to focus on results, and how to bring the community along in the process.”

Joe Innis, superintendent, Southern Door County School District, Wisconsin

“Dr. Dewey has been one of the best presenters I have witnessed in some time because he displayed and conveyed that he passionately believes in the journey and information regarding PLCs. He seems to know himself and he knows research regarding the benefits of PLCs—this is a great combination.”

Kristina Failing, assistant principal, John S. Charlton Elementary, Delaware

“A dynamic speaker who speaks from the heart.”

Lynda Yannuzzi, teacher, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, New York