Sunday, January 11, 2015

Digital Citizenship Guest Post from STEM Principal Tony Donen

Earlier this month I asked some of my twitter PLN to guest blog for me regarding education. When deciding who to ask, Dr. Tony Donen was one of the tops on my list after visiting his STEM school at Chattanooga State College this school year. What immediately caught my attention when visiting their school was how trusting they were that their students were using technology appropriately and that their students were rising to the occasion and using technology correctly.  I then asked Dr. Donen to share how his school addresses digital citizenship for my blog.

This is the link to his blog on digital citizenship at the STEM School of Chattanooga: Dr. Tony Donen has worked for the past twelve years as a high school principal.  Originally born in South Africa, Tony grew up in Canada and then the United States, where he graduated from high school in New Jersey.  Tony received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Virginia Tech University, a master's degree in teaching from East Tennessee State University, and his doctorate degree in educational leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Tony has worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator for the past 19 years in education.  His leadership has resulted in school recognition on Newsweek's list of top public high schools, mutiple years of 96% plus school graduation rates, and a standards-based implementation for ACT that resulted in two to three point schoolwide gains on the ACT assessment.  He is the lead author for the book Grades Don't Matter: Using Assessment to Measure True Learning and co-author for The Grades Game, an article published in the educational leadership magazine Principal Leadership. Tony is the founding principal for STEM School Chattanooga and is committed to helping improve STEM education in the southeast region of the country. 

I greatly appreciate his willingness to share with me and my followers how they address digital citizenship at the STEM School of Chattanooga. Stay tuned for more Guest Bloggers here!