John O’Connor has led school improvement initiatives at the state and local level during his 27 years in public education. He started his career as a special education teacher serving students with orthopedic impairments in elementary and middle schools. Since that time, he has held a variety of administrative positions. For nine years while working at the Georgia Department of Education, he led state-wide initiatives to improve the achievement of students with disabilities. He has also served in local districts as an Assistant Director for Special Education, Executive Director for Special Services, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Director for Interventions. John has written four books, including his most recent Great Instruction Great Achievement for Students with Disabilities: A Road Map for Special Education Administrators. He has also co-written a textbook chapter and numerous articles.
John has presented to over 400 school, district, state and national audiences. Here are just a few of those audiences: American Dairy Association Northeast (Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York) Council for Administrators of Special Education Drexel University (Washington D.C.) EdWeek Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland Griffin RESA, Georgia Georgia Council for Administrators of Special Education Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators (New York) Maryland Association of Administrators for Special Education Southeast South Central Educational Cooperative (Kentucky) Student Support Team Association of Georgia Educators Union City Area School District, Pennsylvania Virginia Council for Administrators of Special Education Wyoming Association of Special Education Administrators
"It was great having John O’Connor as the keynote speaker for American Dairy Association North East’s school summits on leadership. His presentation on Turning Average Instruction into Great Instruction, engaged and inspired the stakeholder mix of school administrators, teachers, child nutrition leaders in attendance to address the whole child and offered tangible takeaways that will have the greatest impact on student achievement."