John O’Connor has led school improvement initiatives at the state and local level during his 28 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, a desk guide and numerous articles.
John has presented to over 400 school, district, state and national audiences. Here are just a few:
American Dairy Association Northeast (Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and New York)
Council for Administrators of Special Education
Coweta County Schools (Georgia)
CSRA RESA (Georgia)
Drexel University (Washington D.C.)
Frederick County Public Schools (Maryland)
Griffin RESA (Georgia)
Georgia Council for Administrators of Special Education
Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators (New York)
Michigan Association of Administrators for Special Education
Monongalia School District (West Virginia)
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
What people are saying about GREAT Instruction Training:
Coweta County Teachers
"I gained ideas to provide GREAT instruction to struggling students and students with disabilities."
"This professional learning really targeted ways to provide GREAT, effective Tier 1 instruction and how to specifically design instruction to meet the needs of students with disabilities and struggling learners in my classroom." “This professional learning did not add one more thing to the plate of teachers. It focused on how to make small changes that increase the opportunities for all students to practice and engage in learning. Purposeful small changes = huge opportunities for growth of all students.”
American Dairy Association Northeast
"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, and child nutrition leaders in attendance to address the whole child and offered tangible takeaways that will have the greatest impact on student achievement."