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Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D., President of the International Center for Leadership in Education, is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with their school improvement initiatives, many in response to No Child Left Behind and its demanding adequate yearly progress (AYP) provisions. He has also collaborated with education ministries in several countries and with the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and many other national organizations.
Before founding the International Center for Leadership in Education in 1991, Dr. Daggett was a teacher and administrator at the secondary and postsecondary levels and a director with the New York State Education Department, where he spearheaded restructuring initiatives to focus the state's education system on the skills and knowledge students need in a technological, information-based society.
Dr. Daggett is the creator of the Application Model and Rigor/Relevance Framework, a practical planning and instructional tool for determining the relevance of curriculum and assessment to real-world situations. His Rigor/Relevance Framework has become a cornerstone of many school reform efforts throughout the United States.
Dr. Daggett is the author of eight books about learning and education, 12 textbooks and numerous research studies, reports, and journal articles. He also serves on a number of advisory boards.
Dr. Daggett has spoken to hundreds of thousands of educators and education stakeholders in all 50 states. His enlightening, entertaining, and motivating messages have helped his listeners to look at education differently by challenging their assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of American schools. He inspires his audiences both to embrace what is best about our education system and to make the changes necessary to meet the needs of all students in the 21st century.
Both Temple University and State University at Albany have recognized Dr. Daggett as a distinguished alumnus. He received Albany's Excellence in Education Award and Temple University's 2007 Gallery of Success Award
Dr. Daggett has a special commitment to individuals with disabilities. He and his wife volunteer their time and lend their support to Wildwood Programs in upstate New York. Wildwood serves the needs of people of all ages who have neurological impairments/learning disabilities, or autism by enabling them to become the best that they can be.
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