Don Haddad: School Leadership in Today's Hyper-connected Reality

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

Redefining Ready is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community exploring innovative topics, ideas, strategies, and philosophies in the evolving world of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are leaders in their fields who constantly seek to learn from others, collaborate, and apply their own experiences to truly distill best practices in the world of college and career readiness.

During these unprecedented times, St. Vrain Valley School District has held their expectations around academic achievements and student outcomes steady. The district has engaged 98.7% of its students through a full spectrum of online learning channels with the help of the community, hardworking staff, and supportive families. In this episode, Superintendent Dr. Don Haddad discusses the secrete sauce behind their high engagement rates and their preparations for what the next school year will bring.

About Don Haddad

St. Vrain Valley Schools has become a national model for excellence in public education under the leadership of Superintendent, Don Haddad, Ed.D., who has received numerous recognitions throughout his 35 years in education, including the Colorado Communicator of the Year (2011), Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents (2013), an Education Week Leader to Learn From (2015), selected as 1 of 100 Superintendents to participate in the Future Ready Superintendent Summit at the White House (2014), Boulder Chamber of Commerce Most Innovated Business in Boulder County (2019), Longmont Economic Development Chair’s Choice Economic Development Impact Award (2019), and International Society of Technology in Education District of Distinction Award (2019). Dr. Haddad has benefited from a broad range of experiences in several school districts while working in various teaching, coaching and administrative positions at every level PK-14. As Superintendent in St. Vrain for the past 12 years, Dr. Haddad and his team have successfully implemented an award-winning Learning Technology Plan, the development of over 70 instructional focus programs, the implementation of the state’s first P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) school, and opening a 50,000 square foot Innovation Center, St. Vrain is providing students the skills necessary for advancement in a complex, highly competitive, globalized world.

About St. Vrain Valley Schools

St. Vrain Valley School District offers onsite school-age childcare and after school extended learning opportunities for preschool childcare ages 3 and 4 and school age childcare five to thirteen. Our programs provide safe, quality, affordable care and enrichment experiences that enhance academic, social and emotional development. SVVSD Community Schools provides opportunities to enrich the lives of children and families in safe and welcoming environments, enabling all to realize their highest potential.

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