Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.) was a school principal in Upstate, NY for 8 years. Before becoming a principal he taught elementary school for 11 years. His syndicated blog Finding Common Ground is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine (SAANYS). Peter is a Visible Learning Trainer who has worked nationally as well as internationally.
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, 2014 and 2015. He presented at the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference in 2013 and 2015. His presentations focus on struggling learners, educational technology as well as safeguarding LGBT students and other social justice topics. Peter is a regular commentator on the BAM Radio Network where he discusses leadership and educational issues.
He did his doctoral dissertation on the subject of safeguarding LGBT students at Sage College of Albany. His book entitled Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students was published by Corwin Press in March of 2012. Peter was the educational specialist for WNYT (Albany NBC affiliate) from 2006 through 2012. In addition, he was an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at The College of Saint Rose for four years.
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.