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Kenneth C. Williams

Kenneth C. Williams, a former teacher, assistant principal, and principal, shares his experience and expertise as a recognized trainer, speaker, coach, and presenter in education and leadership.


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Kenneth C. Williams is a former teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He shares his experience and expertise as a recognized trainer, speaker, coach, and presenter in education and leadership. Skilled in developing productive, student-focused learning environments, Kenneth is former principal of The Learning Academy at E. J. Swint in Jonesboro, Georgia, and Damascus Elementary School in Damascus, Maryland. His firsthand experience with transforming challenged schools translates into action-oriented presentations that inspire hope, create a clear vision, and offer practical strategies to those overwhelmed by challenges.

His leadership was crucial to creating a successful professional learning community (PLC) at Damascus, a challenged school that needed a new direction. The results of his efforts can be seen across all grade levels. Over a two-year period, the school’s state standardized test scores revealed a significant increase in the percentage of students performing at proficient and advanced levels. The process of building a PLC at E. J. Swint continues thanks to Kenneth’s work in laying a solid foundation in this underserved community.

Kenneth earned a bachelor of arts from Morehouse College, a master of science from the University of Bridgeport, and an administration and supervision certificate from Bowie State University.

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Presentations by Kenneth C. Williams

  • Starting a Movement—Moving Students to and Through the BAR
  • Status Quo Disruptors—Who Will Educators Choose to Be?
  • Starting a Movement—How Guiding Coalitions Lead from the Front
  • Bet on Us—Leveraging the Gifts in ALL Learners
  • Twelve Angry Men: The Power of One, the Promise of Team
  • Do We Have Norms or Nice to Knows?
  • Failure to Launch: Avoiding the Common Pitfalls of Collaborative Teams
  • At-Risk or Underserved? Focusing on What Really Matters in Student Learning

“My teachers raved about Ken. They wanted to know two things: Why haven't we invited Ken to our school sooner? When can he come back?”

Michelle Thigpen, principal, Beulaville Elementary School, North Carolina

“The 12 Angry Men: The Impact of One and the Power of Team breakout session was absolutely the highlight of the PLC institute. I had two years of communication classes in college. This presentation by you was the BEST I have ever experienced on team dynamics and team building. I would recommend the breakout session as useful for those experienced team builders and inexperienced team builders alike.”

Mary L. Coons, resource specialist, Klamath Falls City Schools, Oregon

“I have been involved in education for over 30 years as a teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal. I have attended more staff development days than I care to admit. By far, this one was the best!”

Marianne Maines, Ss. Peter & Paul School, Williamsville, New York