BiographyFresh out of undergraduate school and filled with a passion to provide all students with an incredible and valuable learning experience, Joe started teaching Social Studies in October of 1996 in the same district that he received his own education. Those early years were terrific and laid the foundation for much of his educational approach and philosophy to this day.
After five and half years in the classroom, he moved to another school within the district as an assistant principal. As an AP he developed his skills as an educational leader and fully realized the power of a school community to help all students succeed. After a few years, Joe accepted a position in a neighboring district and soon became the principal of Delcastle Technical High School (DTHS). DTHS served over 1500 students and offered 22 career and technical courses. For seven years, Joe worked to build an environment around two major goals: One, to give teachers the best scenario to perfect their practice and truly become masters’ of their craft; Two, provide all students every opportunity to learn in a secure, enriching environment. During Joe’s tenure, DTHS we received various awards and accolades, most notable being the first high school in Delaware to receive the academic achievement award for closing the achievement gap. This was quite different from the previous state rating of “under improvement” with threats of sanctions.
Currently, Joe is the Director of Assessment and Accountability, which provides him the opportunity to work with administrators and teachers to drive student achievement through strategic planning and effective practices. In addition, Joe is an adjunct professor constructing courses and teaching primarily new teachers at the graduate and undergraduate level. This work keeps him fresh and always reminds of the challenges new teachers face. Joe is also an Executive Officers for TheSchoolHouse302, a leadership development institute, which works to develop leaders in education and beyond.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Teaching and Learning
Personally, I love spending time at the beach with family and dear friends.
Published: Feb 01, 2018 by Principal Leadership
Authors: Jones, J., Thomas-El,S., & Vari, T.
This article takes a hard look at the challenges schools face with hiring and retaining talented teachers and offers a fresh look with clear strategies to improve the hiring process.
Published: Oct 01, 2017 by Learning Professional
Authors: Joseph Jones and T.J. Vari
How to have difficult conversations when necessary that lead to growth opportunities for those you lead.
Published: Apr 02, 2008 by Education Week, V. 27, N.30
Authors: Hampel, B. & Jones, J.
Subjects: Education, Economics, Finance, Business & Industry
This article takes a look at how data can be used effectively within school systems and potentially offer clear ways to productively restructure school systems.