Connecting With Our At-Risk Students

Dr. Don Parker

Dr. Don Parker is the principal of Posen Intermediate School in Posen-Robbins School District 143.5 in Posen, IL. He has improved the school climate, staff collaboration, parent engagement, and student achievement. Previously he was the principal of Lincoln Avenue School, which is a K-8 school in Dolton, IL, where he improved the culture, implemented a resilience program, managed the implementation of restorative justice, and increased attendance and student achievement. Dr. Parker has been an educator since 1997 with a background as a teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal of Student Life, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, and Assistant Principal for Activities and Athletics. His education experiences include working in inner-city Chicago Public Schools and predominantly low-income minority suburban schools. Dr. Parker was also an Adjunct Professor and instructed graduate courses to a cohort of students seeking their master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at National-Louis University in Bolingbrook, Illinois. His diverse background in education has provided him with the knowledge of how to best apply evidence-based methods and student interventions to improve student behavior and increase student achievement.

Dr. Parker has a strong belief in creating a school climate in which the entire staff goes above and beyond to meet the academic and social emotional needs of all students. He has presented throughout the United States at the top educational conferences including ASCD, Every Student Succeeds Act Conference, Staff Development for Educators, and the National Principals Conference to name a few. Dr. Parker is the author of the book Building Bridges: Engaging Students Through the Power of Relationships. Dr. Parker is also a professional development provider and conducts workshops entitled “The Power of Building Trusting Relationships with Challenging Students” and “Implementing a Resilience Program for Students”.

Dr. Parker received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Chicago, IL.

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