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I am emeritus executive director of the National Staff Development Council (now known as Learning Forward). My most recent books are Leading for Results, published by Corwin Press and Learning Forward, and Leadership 180: Daily Meditations for School Leaders published by Solution Tree Press.

I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I am a hospice volunteer who co-leads grief support groups and assists patients in telling their life stories on video to be preserved as a legacy for family members.

I may be reached at I invite you to follow me on Twitter: @dennissparks.

8 Responses to “About Dennis Sparks”

  1. 1 Shannon Sookochoff November 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Hi Dennis,
    I am the Shannon from Argyll school. I was just having lunch with Katharine Weinmann on Sunday and your name came up fondly. I hope you are well. I am making progress with my courses and using strategies for gaining clarity all the time. I am also working on recognizing early signs of problems…whether they are relational or organizational. Recently, I realized that the work we do at Argyll can easily spin into unmanageable. So, I have been working to balance expectations with what is possible. “Do a day’s work in a day” as Kevin O’Connor (one of the Argyll teachers) says.

    Recently, I co-authored a book chapter. If you send me your email address, I will send you a copy.

    Shannon Sookochoff

  2. 2 Jamie December 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Dennis,
    It’s great to follow your thinking again via your blog posts. I’m honored that you’ve taken time to check out my blog. You may not have noticed that I quoted you awhile back. Here’s a link that shows how profoundly your teaching impacted my growth as a listener:
    …and, Wayne says, “Hi.”
    Glad you’re back, Jamie

  3. 4 Mary Valentine December 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Dennis, I am wondering what state you live in? This is exactly what is happening in Michigan right now. As a matter of fact the first school district operated by a for-profit company is in Muskegon Heights, Michigan. One example of the kind of education they are offering: they cannot afford to provide a high school library while they are making $1.5 million in profit. Thank you for this clear picture of what is happening to education.

    • 5 Dennis Sparks December 29, 2012 at 9:09 am

      You are correct, Mary. I do live in Michigan. Unfortunately, though, this destructive narrative extends far beyond our state.

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