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Joe Cuddemi

Joe Cuddemi has over 35 years of experience in education, serving as a teacher, counselor, and principal in a wide variety of educational settings, including adjunct professor at Colorado State University.

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Joe Cuddemi

Joe Cuddemi has over 35 years of experience in education serving as a teacher, counselor, and principal in a wide variety of educational settings, including adjunct professor at Colorado State University.

Since 2015, Joe has been a national educational presenter, serving hundreds of districts and schools across the country. Joe delivers keynotes, facilitates workshops, and coaches educators in the PLC at Work® process, Transforming School Culture, RTI at Work™, Priority Schools, and social-emotional learning.

Joe taught at schools on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana, as well as in Jamaica and in Colorado. As a counselor, Joe created an award-winning experiential educational program that included horsemanship for students who were facing high levels of adversity.

As principal, Joe opened Kinard Middle School and received several national recognitions, including the 2015 Blue-Ribbon Award, the 2013 Green Ribbon Award, and in 2012 selection as a Model PLC at Work school.

Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston College, a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching Mathematics from Northern Arizona University, and his principal licensure at Colorado State University.


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PLC at Work®

PLC at Work® experts have proven success in leading the PLC at Work process in a school or district. Work with them to implement a focus on learning, build a collaborative culture, and create a results orientation that leads to sustained, substantive school improvement.

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RTI at Work™

RTI at Work experts focus on learning for all students and will empower you to build your own timely, targeted, and systematic intervention program. Work with them to implement a results-driven program that provides targeted instruction at all tiers of intervention.

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Transforming School Culture

Transforming School Culture experts will help you examine the assumptions, beliefs, expectations, and habits that comprise your school’s culture, to ensure a productive and functional environment. Work with our experts to develop the ability to properly respond to challenges and adversity.

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Presentations by Joe Cuddemi

  • Getting on the Same Page: From Compliance to Commitment
  • PLC Principals: What They Do Differently to Achieve Great Schools
  • Protocols: Powerful Tools in a Professional Learning Community
  • The Personal Dynamics and Collaborative Tasks of a High-Performing PLC Team
  • Develop a Model PLC With High-Performing Collaborative Teams
  • Create a Clear Decision-Making Matrix Using Consensus
  • Develop a Cohesive Leadership Team
  • Create Cultural Shifts That Improve Student Achievement
  • Create a Whole-School Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

“The day was a great success. My staff has given me several comments on the clarity and professional approach Joe took with us. He modeled several protocols that we can use in working with our various PLC teams and the entire staff to reach a shared mission, vision, and goals. Give Joe a big THANKS from Bear River Middle School!”

Eldon Petersen, principal, Bear River Middle School, Utah

“Our team is moving in a positive direction because of Joe’s guidance. He is a quality presenter and an even better person. Thanks for sharing his talents with us at Box Elder Middle School.”

Keith Mecham, principal, Box Elder Middle School

“Joe, you have inspired us and helped us grow so much this year. Thank you for making our time so meaningful and so much fun!”

Barbara Thrasher, teacher, Oaklawn Magnet School, Arkansas

“With the work that Joe and I did yesterday, I have a plethora of resources to use, and I have a much clearer understanding of what Tier 3 intervention is (and is not). I am fully prepared to expand the knowledge of my staff. We are ready, and I am ready! Joe is GREAT to work with. He is positive and full of amazing ideas specific to my school and where we are in our PLC journey. I appreciate that he listens to my thoughts and gives me honest feedback. We are all in this for the kids, and with Joe, that is a very obvious message. Thank you, Joe!”

Carole Diamond, principal, Azevada Elementary School, California