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Chris O'Neal
Educational Leadership

Chris O'Neal at his deskChris O'Neal is a former elementary and middle school teacher originally teaching in the Calcasieu Parish School System in Louisiana, where he received numerous Teacher of the Year honors and chaired the Mayor’s Committee for Youth Leadership for the City of Lake Charles. Chris also worked side-by-side as a writer at top writing service at https://bestwritingservice.com/ which brought him experience in scientific works for students. After leaving the classroom, Chris went on to work in the Curriculum and Instruction office for the school district. There he worked with teachers in high-risk schools to enhance classroom practice through the use of new teaching strategies and tools, developed content to support the classroom, and provided professional development to teachers and administrators. In addition, he coordinated several community-school public relations efforts including teaching job-seeking and resume-skills at the Women's Shelter and teaching computer technology and Internet skills to senior citizens at the Council on Aging. He went on to work at the State Department of Education in Louisiana for 5 years, focusing on grant management, policy and planning issues, district support, and eventually becoming the state director of technology. His work with the Governor’s Office and the Louisiana Legislature earned him status as an honorary State Senator. He was also named in the “Who’s Who of American Teachers” and featured as a “Shaper of Our Future” in Converge Magazine. In the winter of 2003, he received the "Making it Happen" award for leaders in the field of education. He has also been a featured speaker at the NECC.

He is now working at the University of Virginia in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Education providing outreach and professional development to school administrators across the state. In addition, he teaches classes for the University of Virginia in both a traditional and online format, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation. He also serves as a faculty associate for the George Lucas Educational Foundation; provides leadership professional development, content development, and consulting for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education); conducts educational leadership institutes, workshops, and evaluations for several districts around the country, and serves as a leadership facilitator for SETDA (the U.S. State Educational Technology Directors Association.) He has recently completed publication of a resource book to assist middle school teachers in designing real-world, project-based lessons, and is working on a book to assist districts in leading school improvement efforts through effective use of data.

Professional Associations:

  • ASCD - American Society for Curriculum Development
  • AASA - American Association of School Administrators
  • CoSN - Consortium for School Networking
  • ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education
  • NSDC - National Staff Development Council
  • NASSP - National Association for Secondary School Principals
  • NAESP - National Association for Elementary School Principals
  • VSTE - Virginia Society for Technology in Education
  • VEMA - Virginia Educational Media Association
"Chris, you have engaged our people more than I think I've ever seen them engaged. This has been an unbelievably productive few days." 

-- Davis Brock, Director of Technology, Elmore County Schools

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