Superintendent / Speaker and Dynamic Service Learning Leadership / School Narratives and Development
I am a Superintendent in Wisconsin. I believe that everyone will be remembered, the only question is how.
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named 1 of 10 Innovative Districts in 2016 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, a MS in Educational Psychology, a MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service. Joe co-hosts the Successful Schools Podcast and co-authored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education.
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named 1 of 9 Innovative Districts in 2016 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College, a MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University. Joe is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Viterbo University. Joe has taught Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade. He was also a school counselor and high school coach prior to taking on an elementary principal position in 2005. He has served as a principal in suburban and rural Wisconsin. Joe co-hosts the Successful Schools Podcast and co-authored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Joe has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media for School Leaders, Creating a Culture of Yes, and Personalized Professional Growth for Staff. Go Crickets!!
Speaker Menu Items
If we never give up the opportunity to say
something great about our schools, kids, and community
we can change the whole narrative.
Telling Your School’s Story (Keynote/Workshop)
When is the last time something amazing happened in your school? How many people knew about it? The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular. Kids gather, learn, leave and make the world we live in a better place. So…amazing things happen all the time. Telling the story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in your community an identity. Utilizing social media and being the chief storyteller in your district is a great way to celebrate the success of students with parents and the community. FIND YOUR AUDIENCE…BUILD YOUR BRAND…CELEBRATE KIDS!!
Hacking Leadership (Keynote/Workshop)
Water is amazing and seemingly always finds a way. It has the ability to form, replenish our system, power equipment, and can wipe out entire cities. Leaders have the same properties. Some end up conforming to their environment as water would with a cup or bowl. Some have the power to wipe out entire populations and others lift the level of the land. The best leaders take little openings and create space for those they lead. They find the smallest cracks of opportunity and create a path that was not there before. They shape the land. They find a way. Hacking leadership is about finding innovative solutions to issues that have plagued the system for years, and implementing them tomorrow. The focus is on practical application. We all know the problems exist, but knowledge of problems does not make our daily life in schools easier. Utilizing the tools in Hacking Leadership will allow you and your team to find the openings and create space for those you lead. Space to learn. Space to teach. Space to thrive.
The HEART of Great Schools (Keynote/Workshop)
The heart is essential to life. It pumps the blood through the body to ensure all of the nutrients get to their desired area. All great schools have HEART. Honesty, Empowerment, Authenticity, Reflection, and Trust are anchors to great schools. The HEART of great schools not only identifies the amazing things happening in these areas, but also emphasizes a process to remain HEART Healthy and avoid Cardiac Arrest.
Creating a Culture of YES (Keynote/Workshop)
We’ve all walked down a hallway or stepped into a room where we know getting what we want is going to be a struggle. In these times we tend to shut down. Many times people won’t even enter into a conversation unless they are convinced the outcome will be favorable to them. This mindset completely inhibits the opportunity for growth. Creating a culture of YES helps leaders see the opportunities for those they lead as opposed to the reasons why ideas won’t work. Developing an environment where trust and YES are the default can transform the learning for students and staff.
Leading the Learning (Workshop)
Ever feel like you arrive at school, go through the day, and wonder if anything actually got done? The day-to-day operations tend to impede our opportunity for administrators to grow and learn in their position. The administrator in a school is responsible for leading a learning organization. If we are going to lead the learning in schools we need to find a way to do it together. Too often administrators are left on an island because they are the only person in the building with a particular role. This session provides a road map for taking ownership of your learning, while still leading the work done at the building level.
Be a Social Media Superhero (Workshop)
Every school needs a Social Media Superhero. The use of social media meets families, community members, and decision makers in a place where they live daily. Find out how to maximize your school’s social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more) in order to lead, inspire and inform all stakeholders. Social media is a new literacy and our schools leaders have to model that literacy appropriately.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Now People!! (Workshop)
Amazing things rarely happen in comfort zones. The mental habits we form put us in a place from which we rarely venture. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be challenging, but the benefits of modeling that type of risk taking as a leader are essential to the growth of your staff. Taking the first step outside of your comfort zone is clearly the most difficult. Connecting current practice to new modes of learning can help us all realize our ability as leaders and propel our staff to places they never thought possible.
What Others Are Saying
“Best. Keynote. Ever.”
– Jeff Kubiak, CA
“One of the best keynotes I’ve ever heard.” – Tom Murray, DC
“Inspirational and kept bringing it back to what is important-relationships and kids.”
– Dr. Erin English CA
This was my 18th year in education, and your address was the finest of all my opening days”
– Dr. Patrick Whipple, NY
“Dynamic and energy don’t even come close to describing this man.”
– Billy Gosnell, MO
“What an awesome and hilarious opening keynote.”
– Jon Carrino, CA
CA Superintendent Summit
NASS Superintendent Symposium
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