Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs competency-based workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on collaborative leadership and fostering inclusive school climates. His work has been adopted at the state level, university level, and he works with numerous school districts and school boards on collaborative leadership's 6 influences that matter most (i.e. instructional leadership, collective efficacy, professional learning, feedback, assessment capable learners, family engagement) around North America and the U.K, and DeWitt works as a school leadership coach in North America. 

Additionally, Peter is a Visible Learning Trainer working with John Hattie. He partners with Hattie on many things around North America. Peter also worked with Jim Knight as an Instructional Coaching trainer.

He is the Series Editor for the Connected Educator Series (Corwin Press) and the Impact Series (Corwin Press) that include books by Viviane Robinson, Andy Hargreaves, Pasi Sahlberg, Yong Zhao and Michael Fullan. 

His Finding Common Ground blog (Education Week) has been in circulation since 2011. 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), and sits on the panel of experts for NBC Universal's Education Nation

Peter is the author of several books. They include:

  • Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students (Corwin Press. 2012).
  • School Climate Change (ASCD, co-authored with Sean Slade. 2014)
  • Flipping Leadership Doesn't Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin Press. 2014)
  • Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most (Corwin Press/Learning Forward).
  • School Climate: Leading With Collective Teacher Efficacy (Corwin Press/ Ontario Principals Council. 2017).
  • Coach It Forward: Using the Art of Coaching to Impact School Leadership (Corwin Press. 2018). 

s articles have appeared in education journals at the state, national and international level. He has presented at forums, conferences, and panel discussions at state, national and international conferences. 

Peter has worked with many state, national and international organizations including the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), 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, NPR, BAM Radio Network, ABC, and NBC's Education Nation where he sat on a school safety panel with Hoda Kotb and Goldie Hawn.   

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"We must create an educational learning community grounded in trust and responsibility, not testing and accountability. DeWitt has provided a framework to challenge our current thinking, make us reflect, and perhaps even become a little uncomfortable with current practices as school leaders. He has challenged us to have higher expectations of ourselves and those around us—to work collaboratively, simultaneously building trust and responsibility between all stakeholders striving to reach shared goals."  Russell Quaglia
Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations

​"DeWitt is a hugely accomplished writer, stellar blogger on social media, and the most humble leader you could meet." Andy Hargreaves

"Everyone should add 
Peter DeWitt to their P.L.N. Peter is a blogger at Education Week’s Finding Common Ground, a smart and thoughtful school leader who participates in and promotes social media, and an advocate for social and emotional learning in the schools." 
Jinnie Speigler (Schulten. 
The N.Y.Times)

"Peter DeWitt's comprehensive combination of Hattie's evidence, personal and practical experience, clear, useable frameworks and illuminating blogs and articles make the case for collaborative leadership a cause for immediate action."  Shirley Clarke, independent education consultant and Associate

Author/Consultant/Workshop Facilitator/Keynote Speaker

NBC's Education Nation Panel with Goldie Hawn (Moderated by Hoda Kotb)

Photo courtesy of Craig Hampton