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K12 Online Conference Session with Charlene Chausis

Teaser (A first for Dennis)




Bio: Dennis is a former English teacher and administrator in urban and suburban schools for many years. Dennis has always gravitated toward K12 leadership, learning and technology topics. He has graduate degrees from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and Harvard University's School of Education. In addition to blogging about K12 learning, leading and web 2.0 tools/pedagogies at innovation3.edublogs.org, he is president of the Massachusetts affiliate of ASCD, a member of the Leadership Council for ASCD; a member of the Massachusetts Working Group for Educator Quality; Co-Facilitator of the Massachusetts High School Redesign Task Force; and a member of Massachusetts STEM Summit V Planning Committee.

The web 2.0 conversation is not about technology tools; it is about student learning. Dennis subscribes to the definition of Professional Learning Communities that Rick and Becky DuFour and many other leaders of education have espoused.
In simple terms,
  • learning (for us and for students) is our purpose,
  • we can improve student learning if we learn together collaboratively, and
  • monitoring student learning is the only way to know:
  1. what students are learning,
  2. how we are teaching and
  3. how we get better at it.

A former English teacher and administrator in urban and suburban schools for many years, he has always gravitated toward K12 leadership, learning and technology topics. He has graduate degrees from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English and Harvard University's School of Education. He is married with three children and four grandchildren. Among other things, he loves running, cycling, kayaking, contemporary poetry, photography and the outdoors.

In the summer of 2007 his professional life changed when he attended the Building Learning Communities Conference 2007 and in three days experienced, for the first time, the power of Web 2.0 tools and their potential for transforming schools and learning. That experience was dramatically developed during the many sessions he participated in over the three weeks that the 2007 K12 Online Conference was active in October. It was a physically and mentally exhausting experience because of its intensity and his desire to take full advantage of the opportunity to learn so much from the cadre of generous people who created and participated in the conference; what a wealth of shared knowledge that site represents for us educators even today.

His face to face and online learning continues each day as he participates in what our profession and the Web has to offer those who are willing to join in the conversation about how to improve K12 learning for all of our children.

Professional

  • MASCD, Massachusetts affiliate, ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) - President
  • Leadership Council, ASCD - Member
  • Massachusetts Working Group for Educator Quality - Member
  • Massachusetts High School Redesign Task Force - Co-Facilitator
  • Massachusetts STEM Summit V Planning Committee - Member
  • Northeast Massachusetts Region STEM Network - Former Co-Chair

Educator

  • English Teacher
  • English Department Head
  • Director, Collaborative School Project
  • K-12 Educational Supervisor
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Associate Superintendent
  • Superintendent

Degrees

Undergraduate

  • Merrimack College, North Andover, USA, MA in English

Graduate

  • Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English
  • Harvard University, School of Education.

Web

Contact

  • Email: dennisar at gmail dot com
  • Skype: drichards1
  • Twitter: dennisar
  • Plurk: dennisar
  • facebook: dennisar

Last edited on September 23, 2008