Joseph A. Ianora

Joseph A. Ianora

Joe Ianora has spent fifteen of his thirty years in education as an administrator. Joe uses his varied school experience to help transform schools into 21st-century student-centered learning facilities.

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Joseph A. Ianora

Joe Ianora has spent fifteen of his thirty years in education as an administrator. He has been both a comprehensive and continuation high school principal. Prior to that, he has held nearly every position in a school site, including custodian, counselor, teacher, campus minister, coach, and 504 coordinator. Joe uses his varied school experience to help transform schools into 21st-century student-centered learning facilities.

Joe began his career at an all-boys high school in New York. He moved to California, where he continued his teaching and counseling career, working with inner-city students. He became principal of San Ramon Valley High School in 2004. As principal, Joe worked with his staff as a professional learning community for eight years. Under his leadership, this school was consistently named a top-performing school by US News and World Report; a California Distinguished School in 2006, 2009, and 2012; and in 2012 was ranked 88th of 2,200 schools in California for its academic program and student engagement. In 2012, Joe moved into alternative education and used the tenets of the PLC process to increase his school’s graduation rate from 72 percent to 89 percent, with a 45-point API increase.

Joe strives to engage school and community stakeholders in developing clear and shared beliefs in a highly collaborative, student-centered culture. He uses his passion for PLCs to discover creative ways to assist schools and organizations in meeting their goals. Joe uses the transformational power of PLCs to bring his presentations to life. Joe also has many years of experience helping students reduce stress and foster resiliency.

He received an undergraduate degree in philosophy, psychology, and theology from Saint Mary’s College of California and an MA in counseling from the same institution. He holds a pupil personnel services credential and an administrative services credential. Joe is also a certified educational coach and a licensed marriage and family therapist.

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Presentation titles by Joseph A. Ianora

  • Let’s Get It Going: Starting the PLC Process
  • Engaging Parents in the Learning Process
  • Creating and Leading a Cultural Shift toward Learning
  • Collaborative Teams: How Do We Make This Work?
  • High School PLC: Making It Happen
  • The Healthy, Engaged Student
  • Transforming Schools One Day at a Time
  • Developing PLCs for Singletons and Small Schools
  • So Many Personalities, How Do We All Get on the Same Page?
  • Archaeological Dig: Uncovering Hidden Habits That Hinder or Help School Culture
  • Tightrope Walking: Building Capacity and Resiliency in a PLC

“Our virtual coaching sessions with Joe Ianora are going very well. He has been a great help as we develop our PLC. I have appreciated his work and think his professionalism and ideas have been perfect for us.”

Karen E. Branham, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky

“Joe Ianora was awesome. My team really enjoyed the coaching. They really understood the purpose of a SMART goal. I really thought it was very beneficial. Looking forward to more coaching from him.”

Monica Austin, principal, Pike Elementary School, Fort Smith Public Schools, Arkansas

“Each of the coaching sessions went very well! Joe did a great job of addressing teachers’ questions and giving them opportunities to brainstorm. I also appreciated how he encouraged the teams to add structure to their ideas by having them identify the next steps, including an accountability partner. It was powerful!”

Shantell Mullanix, Federal Programs Director, Heritage Community Charter School, Idaho

“We are extremely grateful for Joe’s coaching this year. He supported our secondary administrators with their PLC efforts, and we could not have asked for a better coach. Joe has been flexible and accommodating to our needs. He listens and then provides meaningful resources at the ready. He is also masterful at using questioning to stretch our thinking. It has been a pleasure.”

Gerri Marshall, research and evaluation, Red Clay Consolidated School District, Delaware