About Joseph Wise

Joseph Wise is Co-Founder and Chief Education Officer of Chicago-based Distinctive Schools and also serves as Managing Director of Atlantic Research Partners.  His passion for making things work better for kids and teachers in America’s schools comes from his decades of service in large urban school districts as a teacher, Administrator, Superintendent, and now as a Developer of Superintendents, elected officials and educators striving to do more.  Wise is the author of Power of Teaching–the Science of the Art and Power of Coaching–Teachers and Teaching.   Dr. Wise also serves as Master Teacher of the SUPES Academy and since 2004 has served on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Evaluation Association-NWEA.  For more information about collaborating with Wise and the organizations he Co-Founded, access URL http://www.atlanticresearchpartners.org or http://www.distinctiveschools.org .

5 Comments on “About Joseph Wise

  1. Hey Joseph,

    I would like to speak with you about the opportunity to create or be included in a blog post on your website. I work with Remington College and we have 19 campuses across the U.S. and an online division. We recently became a non-profit organization and would really appreciate your help in spreading the awareness in the non-profit sector. Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Thanks for your time and keep up the great blog posts!

    Sincerely,

    Kyle K. Andrew

  2. Dr. Wise,
    I am in Duval County where you served as supertindent….it was sad to see you leave, as you may know we are still hunting for the answers. We have boys that are in the AICE program at Mandarin High…one is doing very well and the other is doing so,so…good on the tests but not with the routine lessons. Both are gifted students and have aced the FCAT on several occaisions. Any thoughts on helping the so, so one regarding day to day work? They both are also involved in extracurricular activities.
    JP

    • JP

      Thank you for your post. Like a lot of communities, Duval has some terrific philanthropic, business and higher education leaders to help propel the PreK-12 work there for all kids to high levels. Duval has severe obstacles with its school board governance practices, its mostly unprofessional media outlet practices, and its protections for some elected and appointed officials which all counter what is best for all kids, and especially those kids who continue to be under-served and under-supported. (Put in perspective, these obstacles are worse in some other cities, but still high on distraction in Jacksonville. Once these obstacles are solved, then Duval can become the school system its kids, teachers and families deserve. I am hopeful that the next time they search for a “change agent” they can better support the new leader’s work. Know too that I am grateful for the work we were able accomplish for kids and families. The teachers, teachers union, and parents were big helps to me and our work. Mr. Pratt Dannals had (and still has) my support and did help sustain much of what we put into place for kids and teachers there. He had to give in to some of the obstacles I mentioned above to keep the work moving, but he kept it moving.

      As for the so, so performance, here are some ideas your comments triggered that might be helpful:
      1. interest-most all kids and especially brighter kids have developed cognitive intolerance for things not interesting. Perhaps you, other family members and his teachers can look harder for real-life connections between his academic work and his interests.
      2 Hooray for extracurricular activities and your family’s involvement for your young men! Are there connections to the academic work between/among the friends in the after-school activities that might spark deeper commitment and performance from your son on the school work?
      3. Is there a counselor or school psychologist you trust and skilled to discern some possible learning challenges that could inform you and his teachers?
      4. Where does he want to attend college? Could some visits to the colleges help him think about the performance gap that persists? Could that help him think about his current performance compared to what his performance could-be and what the college(s) will expect?

      Please let me know how this all works out. For some adolescents, it is hard being a teenager, especially in a large school. You sound like a terrific and thoughtful parent!

      JW

  3. Thank you for your reply…I will keep you posted…I won’t give up…we will make this work.

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