Peter DeWitt

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.) is a former school principal in Upstate, NY, and he is now a Visible Learning trainer. Before becoming a principal he taught elementary school for eleven years. His syndicated blog Finding Common Ground is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine.

Peter has presented Visible Learning in New Zealand, Australia and all over North America. Additionally, he spent time visiting Visible Learning Schools and meeting with the New Zealand Ministry. In April 2015, Peter participated in a keynote for the Council of Chief State School Officials (CCSSO) with John Hattie and Deb Masters, and Deb and Peter facilitated workshops over a two-day period for the CCSSO. In May 2015, Peter worked with John and Deb on Visible Learning keynotes and trainings in London, Sweden and Denmark, where he also spend time with Sir Michael Barber in London and six leading Danish researchers in Denmark.

Peter has presented at state and national conferences around the U.S. including the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Conference in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and ASCD in 2012 and 2015. His presentations focus on instructional leadership, struggling learners, connected education as well as safeguarding LGBT students and other social justice topics.

Peter did his doctoral dissertation on the subject of safeguarding LGBT students at Sage College of Albany. His book Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students was published by Corwin Press in March of 2012. He is a consulting editor and visionary for the Connected Educator Series (Corwin Press. Fall 2014). Peter’s releases are Flipped Leadership Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin Press, Connected Educator Series) and Climate Change: How Do I Foster a More Inclusive School Climate (ASCD. Fall 2014).

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, ASCD Whole Child, Connected Principals, Teaching Tolerance, Smartblogs, PBS and ASCD Express. He has been interviewed by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Education Association (NEA), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), PBS and ABCnews.com.