Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes focusing on collaborative leadership, fostering inclusive school climates, and connected learning.
Peter is a Visible Learning Trainer for John Hattie, Instructional Coach for Jim Knight, and Student Voice Advocate for Russ Quaglia working nationally and internationally. He is the Series Editor for the Connected Educator Series (Corwin Press) and the forthcoming Impact Series (Corwin Press).
His Finding Common Ground blog is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine (SAANYS). He is the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State’s (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year, and the 2015 Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences).
Peter writes for Corwin Press. His first educational book entitled Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students was published in 2012, and was the topic of his doctoral dissertation. In 2013 Peter contributed a chapter to de-testing + de-grading schools: Authentic Alternatives to Accountability and Standardization (Peter Lang USA). School Climate Change (ASCD, co-authored with Sean Slade) and Flipping Leadership Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin Press) were published in 2014. Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter will be published in the summer of 2016.
His articles have appeared in education journals at the state, national and international level. He has written for Principal Magazine, Education Week, Educational Leadership, The Huffington Post, PBS,ASCD Whole Child, Connected Principals, Smartblogs and ASCD Express.
Peter has presented at forums, conferences, and panel discussions at state and national conferences. Some of the highlights has been to present for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), ICLE’s Model Schools, and NBC’s Education Nation.
Peter has worked with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Education Association (NEA), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of School Psychologists, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), l’Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO), the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO), and the Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC), National School Climate Center, GLSEN, PBS, NBC, NPR, BAM Radio Network and ABCnews.com.