Faculty Profile

Daniel French, EdD

School Leadership Program Coordinator

Ed.D. University of Vermont
M.Ed. Plymouth State University
Honors Diploma, Defense Language Institute
B.A. University of Connecticut

Areas of Expertise

Dan is an experienced Vermont educational leader whose research interests are focused on various dimensions of educational systems change including ethics and leadership, board governance, Policy Governance, innovation, and Open Education. He is frequently consulted by school districts and policy makers on issues surrounding the impact of technology on the future of education.

Courses I Teach

  • From Assessment Into Action: Using Data to Transform Schools
  • School Leadership
  • Legal and Financial Management of Schools
Dan's paper “Ethical Dilemmas of Educational Leadership: A Narrative Study of Four Vermont Superintendents and their Experience with Policy Governance®” was selected for presentation at the annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association in Sarasota, Florida, and at the annual conference of the New England Educational Research Organization in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 2015.
During his tenure as a Vermont superintendent, Dan served as the President of the Vermont Superintendents Association and was named Vermont Superintendent of the Year in 2009. He was selected to serve on the national Superintendent’s Technical Work Group to give input into the US Department of Education’s ConnectEd Initiative in 2014.

Recent News

Dan French, School Leadership Program coordinator at Saint Michael’s, was hired this summer as a consultant for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee. Bennington Banner reporter Derek Carson reported on the appointment, noting, “French was the superintendent of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union for nine years until July of last year, when he left that position to take a position at St. Michael's College. He also acted as the BRSU's Act 46 consultant, and has been a merger consultant or project manager for a merger for a number of districts. He met with the committee … and discussed their path forward.”
(posted December 2017)

Dan French, coordinator of the School Leadership Program in the Education Department, was presented the "Making IT Happen Award" at VT Fest, the Vermont state educational technology conference in November.  One award is presented annually by each state affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to honor outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.  Dan will be acknowledged for his leadership along with the award recipients from other states at the ISTE national conference in San Antonio, TX this June.
(posted November 2016)

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