Season 2, Episode 11 with Dan Domenech #FocusED

Season 2, Episode 11 with Dan Domenech #FocusED

Dan Domenech Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Daniel A. Domenech has served as the executive director of the AASA, The School Superintendents Association, since 2008. Domenech has more than 45 years of experience in public education; for twenty-seven of those years, he served as a school superintendent.

Prior to joining AASA, Domenech served as senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide.

Before he took the position at McGraw-Hill, Domenech served for seven years as superintendent of the Fairfax County, Va., Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the nation with 168,000 students.

Domenech began his teaching career in New York City, where he taught sixth grade in a predominantly black and Hispanic community in South Jamaica, Queens. He then became program director for the Nassau Board of Cooperative.

Educational Services, which is the largest intermediate school district in the State of New York. Following this, he was first named superintendent of schools for Long Island’s Deer Park Schools and then became superintendent of schools for the ethnically diverse South Huntington School District, also on Long Island — a position he held for 13 years. From 1994 to 1997, he was district superintendent of the Second Supervisory District of Suffolk County and chief executive officer of the Western Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Domenech, an AASA member since 1979, served as president of AASA from July 1998 to June 1999.  He is also a past president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association, and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education. He was the first president and co-founder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education.

In addition, Domenech has served on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment Governing Board, the advisory board for the Department of Defense schools, the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award and the boards of the Institute for Educational Leadership, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Sea Research Foundation, and Education Policy Institute. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Learning First Alliance, National Student Clearinghouse, Center for Naval Analyses, Horace Mann Educators Corporation,  ACT, USAC, and board chair for Communities in Schools of Virginia.  

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York City and a Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Uniondale, N.Y.

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Season 2, Episode 10, with Starr Sackstein #FocusED

Season 2, Episode 10, with Starr Sackstein #FocusED

Starr Sackstein Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Starr Sackstein was a Teacher Center teacher and ELA teacher at Long Island City High School in New York. She also spent nine years at World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, New York, as a high school English and journalism teacher where her students ran the multimedia news outlet WJPSnews.com. As a teacher, she completely got rid of grades, teaching students that learning isn’t about numbers, but about the development of skills and the ability to articulate growth.

Starr also has experience as the Director of Humanities (Business, English, Library, Reading, Social Studies, and World Languages) in West Hempstead, New York. It was from this experience that she wrote From Teacher to Leader: Finding Your Way as a First-Time Leader Without Losing Your Mind.

She is the author of many books (I’m not going to list them all). Here are a few of her titles: 

  • Teaching Mythology Exposed: Helping Teachers Create Visionary Classroom Perspective 
  • Blogging for Educators, Teaching Students to Self-Assess: How Do I Help Students Grow as Learners?
  • The Power of Questioning: Opening Up the World of Student Inquiry, Hacking Assessment: 10 Ways to Go Gradeless in a Traditional Grades School
  • Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies That Inspire Learning Outside of the Classroom co-written with Connie Hamilton
  • Peer Feedback in the Classroom: Empower Students to be the Experts with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • From Teacher to Leader: Finding Your Way as a First-Time Leader without Losing Your Mind in 2019 (DBC)
  • Assessing with Respect: Everyday Practices that Meet Students’ Social and Emotional Needs (ASCD), which just came out in March of 2021
  • Hacking Learning Centers in Grades 6-12: Teaching Choice and Providing Small Group Learning Opportunities in Content Rich Classes co-authored with Karen Terwilliger which is set to come out in 2021

At speaking engagements around the world, Starr speaks about blogging, journalism education, bring your own device, and throwing out grades, which was also highlighted in a recent TEDx talk entitled “A Recovering Perfectionist’s Journey to Give up Grades.” In 2016, she was named one of ASCD’s Emerging Leaders.

In recent years, Starr has spoken internationally in Canada, Dubai, and South Korea on a variety of topics from assessment reform to technology-enhanced language instruction.

She is now a full time consultant with the Core Collaborative, working with teams on assessment reform and bringing student voice to the front of all classroom learning. She is also the publisher with Mimi and Todd Press, helping other authors share their voices around making an impact for students such as Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation by Cobb and Krownapple. Most recently, Arrows: A Systems-Based Approach to School Leadership by Rosebrock and Henry.

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Season 2, Episode 9, with Rachelle Dene Poth #FocusED

Season 2, Episode 9, with Rachelle Dene Poth #FocusED

Unconventional Way to Thrive in Education with Guest Rachelle Dene Poth

This is Season 2, Episode 9 of FocusED, and it features guest, Rachelle Dene Poth. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience for Delaware teachers and leaders. Don’t miss what Rachelle has to say about thriving in education by creating unconventional learning experiences for students and so much more.  

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Rachelle Dene Poth Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle has a Juris Doctor degree and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. She serves as the past-president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and serves on the Leadership team of the Mobile Learning Network. She received the ISTE Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service to education. 

Rachelle is the author of five books, including In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking, Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU, and The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead. Her latest books are Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World and True Story: Lessons That One Kid Taught Us

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Season 2, Episode 8 with Derek McCoy #FocusED

Season 2, Episode 8 with Derek McCoy #FocusED

Leading the Education Revolution with Guest Derek McCoy 

This is Season 2, Episode 8 of FocusED, and it features guest, Derek McCoy. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience for Delaware teachers and leaders. Don’t miss what Derek has to say about leading a revolution in education and engaging with the change we seek to make.  

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Derek McCoy Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Currently the principal of North Asheboro Middle School in Asheboro City Schools, Derek has over 20 years of experience as a middle school principal, assistant principal, and middle school math teacher. He’s been very fortunate to have been part of difference-making teams and schools that have helped learners and teachers grow and achieve in rural, urban, low-income learning environments.

He embraces his mission to create learning environments that serve learners and help adults change practices, beliefs, and skillsets to meet the needs of schools. Being the difference for learners by being the leaders we need them to be is a passion point he brings to celebrate and show how we all can be that Revolutionary!

In 2014, Derek was recognized as a National Digital Principal of the Year. As an active PLN builder in North Carolina, he was named 1 of 25 to Follow on #NCED. In 2018 he was asked to join a panel of experts on Capitol Hill to discuss with lawmakers the critical need to rethink middle school education.

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FocusED is your educational leadership podcast where our mission is to dissect a particular focus for teachers and school leaders so that you can learn to lead better and grow faster in your school or district with more knowledge, better understanding, and clear direction on what to do next. 

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Season 2, Episode 7 with Stephanie Arzonetti Hite #FocusED

Season 2, Episode 7 with Stephanie Arzonetti Hite #FocusED

Leading Collective Efficacy with Guest Stefani Arzonett Hite 

This is Season 2, Episode 7 of FocusED, and it features guest, Stefani Arzonetti Hite. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience for Delaware teachers and leaders. Don’t miss what Stefani says about leading collective efficacy in schools and so much more. 

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Dr. Stefani Arzonetti Hite Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Dr. Stefani Arzonetti Hite wide-ranging career began as a pre-digital drawing-board marketing designer. She eventually became an award-winning art director, developing unique approaches to marketing by harnessing new possibilities offered by emerging technology solutions in the industry. 

After a decade, Stef switched careers, earning both a Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Over the years, she has taught students ranging from ages 5 to 75, she became a school administrator, and she headed up an international school in the UK. 

In 2009, Stef moved into the learning and development field and began to design and facilitate professional learning experiences for a range of organizations. She now works worldwide on process design and change initiatives with a particular focus on building collective efficacy. Stef’s customized support enables groups to collaborate and build team capacity to address both small and large-scale improvement needs.

We hope you enjoy this episode. Also, don’t forget to like, share, and follow. You can always get more by following theschoolhouse302.com. Go to the site, click on follow. 

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FocusED is your educational leadership podcast where our mission is to dissect a particular focus for teachers and school leaders so that you can learn to lead better and grow faster in your school or district with more knowledge, better understanding, and clear direction on what to do next. 

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Season 2, Episode 6, with Robert Jackson #FocusED

Season 2, Episode 6, with Robert Jackson #FocusED

Becoming the Educator They Need w/ Guest Robert Jackson 

This is Season 2, Episode 6 of FocusED, and it features guest, Robert Jackson. It was originally recorded live for a studio audience in Delaware, provided as a professional development experience for Delaware teachers and leaders. Don’t miss what Robert has to say about supporting all students in schools, especially those who are traditionally marginalized.  

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Robert Jackson Brings Tons of Experience to FocusED Listeners

Robert Jackson began his teaching career almost 25 years ago in Indianapolis Public Schools with a No More Excuses teaching approach with all of his students after being cut from the NFL Minnesota Vikings. As an educator, he didn’t allow his students to feel sorry for themselves or let their circumstances define their futures. He set high expectations for his students and expected them to do well. As a coach, the same rules applied. Those same students went from low performing to successful pastors, lawyers, school administrators, teachers, pharmaceutical sales reps, business owners, pro athletes, entertainers and more.

He has become one of the most sought-after speakers in the country, delivering keynote addresses and workshops to educators and administrators at national conferences, parents and student workshops, corporate events and churches. 

Mr. Jackson has written and published 6 books. His new book, Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies: Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students just won the Gold Excel Award for Technical Writing in July 2020. His “No More Excuses” Curriculum has been featured in publications nationally and is being used in K-12 Schools, Colleges and Universities in the US and Canada. His books include, “Black Men Stand Up”, “A Boys Guide to Manhood”, “A Young Woman’s Guide to Womanhood”, “Put a Stop to Bullying” and “Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males.”

He is married to Essence Best Selling Author, Tajuana “TJ” Butler-Jackson and they have 3 children and 1 grandson.

“His motto is, “For Every Problem, there is a Solution”

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FocusED is your educational leadership podcast where our mission is to dissect a particular focus for teachers and school leaders so that you can learn to lead better and grow faster in your school or district with more knowledge, better understanding, and clear direction on what to do next. 

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