Dr. Robert Dillon serves the students and community of the University City as Director of  Innovation Learning. Prior to this position, he served as a teacher and administrator in public schools throughout the Saint Louis area. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. He looks for ways to ignite positive risk taking in teachers and students and release trapped wisdom into the system by growing networks of inspired educators. Dr. Dillon serves on the leadership team for Connected Learning, a Saint Louis based organization designed to reshape professional development to meet today's needs. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. He has published four books. THE SPACE: A Guide for Educators, Redesigning Learning Spaces, Leading Connected Classrooms and  Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today. He is supported by his wife and two daughters, and spends the remainder of his time running and cycling.

 

Books

  • THE SPACE: A Guide for Educators
  • Redesigning Learning Spaces
  • Leading Connected Classrooms
  • Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today

Consulting Opportunities

  • SCUCSD (TX)
  • Waverly School District (MI)
  • Cranbrook School (MI)
  • Waukegan School District (IL)
  • Parkview Elementary School (NC)
  • Andrews High School (NC)
  • Patterson Park Public Charter School (MD)
  • Cardinal Ritter College Prep (MO)

Podcasts

  • RebootED Podcast- February 201
    •   Talking with Bob Dillon
  • Bam Radio Network- June 2014
    • Saying Yes to Innovation
  • Principalcast Podcast- June 2014
    • Episode 31 an Interview with Bob Dillon
  • PrincipalPLN Podcast- May 2015
    • Episode 53- A Visit to Pine Ridge
  • Principally Speaking Podcast- June 2015
    • PS44: Leading Connected Classrooms
  • Transformative Principal Podcast- August 2015
    • Orders of Change- Episode 83

Awards Received

  • EduBlogs Awards- Outstanding School Administrator Blog Finalist- 2014
  • METC-Spotlight Speaker-2014
  • Martin Institute Fellow- 2013
  • EduBlogs Awards- Outstanding School Administrator Blog Nominee- 2013
  • National School Boards Association- 20 to Watch in Educational Technology 2013
  • Phi Delta Kappa- Emerging Leader Award 2012
  • Finalist- Digital Principals Award- NASSP 2013
  • Bammy Award Recognition 2012
  • EduBlogs Awards- Outstanding School Administrator Blog Nominee- 2010
  • Saint Louis Secondary School Principals Association- Asst. Principal of the Year- 2007 

Education

  • Saint Louis University-St. Louis, Missouri
    • Ed.D Degree-Educational Leadership-

August 2000-May 2003

  • Dissertation: “A Study of the Differences in Perceptions between Teachers and Their Principal Concerning Leadership Style and School Climate.”
  • Saint Louis University-St. Louis, Missouri
    • M.A. Degree-Secondary Administration-

August 1996-May 1999

  • Drury College-Springfield, Missouri
    • B.A. Degree-Secondary Education & Communications-August 1992-May 1996

Leadership Experience

Director of Technology and Innovation,

Affton School District, Affton, Missouri 2013-Present

  • Major Responsibilities: Building systems to remove friction from the daily lives of educators; foster trust and risk-taking in the school staffs; redesigning the infrastructure for successful technology implementation; growing consensus surrounding new innovations in personalized learning; manage a robust professional learning program for teachers.

 

  • Middle School Principal,

Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, 

Maplewood, Missouri - 2010-2013

  • Major Responsibilities: Create a caring environment that promotes risk-taking and innovation for kids; support our mission of high-level technology integration in a expeditionary learning environment; build greater levels of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and stewardship in our students.

 

  • Middle School Assistant Principal,

Nipher Middle School, Kirkwood, Missouri - 2004-2010

  • Major Responsibilities Develop relationships with faculty and staff as a means to foster a positive school climate; analyze achievement and discipline data to find leverage point for system change; create user-friendly, service-oriented administrative team that focuses on overall student growth.

 

  • Middle School Assistant Principal, DuBray Middle School, 

St. Peters, Missouri - 1999-2004

  • Major Responsibilities Developed academic growth programs that led to increases in student grades and test scores; served as technology integration coordinator for building. This included supervision over adding classroom computers and upgrading computer labs; led teams of teachers and counselors in the development of a master schedule including special education scheduling.

Credentials and Certifications

  • The Center for Green Schools- Green Classroom Professional Certification
  • Stanford University- dSchool Design Thinking Certification
  • Buck Institute for Education- Project Based Learning Certification
  • Google Qualified Individual
  • Missouri Superintendent Certificate (K-12)
  • Missouri Principals Certificate (5-12)

Professional Community Collaborations

  • ConnectED Learning- Leadership Team- 2013-Present
  • EduCollaborators Consultant- 2015-Present
  • Advanced Learning Partnerships Consultant- 2014- Present
  • Sante Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership- 2014- Present
  • New Schools Design Advisory Group- Philadelphia Public Schools
  • Connected Learning- Board of Directors- 2013-Present
  • Global Learning Exchange- Executive Committee- 2013- Present
  • Midwest Educational Technology Conference Steering Committee- 2010-Present
  • Saint Louis Area Secondary School Principals Executive Committee- 2012-Present
  • HomeWorks! The Teacher Home Visit Program- Community Action Board- 2010-2012
  • Saint Louis Childrens’ Hospital- National Food Allergy Board- 2012- Present
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University Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Missouri Saint Louis- Pierre Laclede Honors College, Saint Louis, Missouri- Spring Semester 2009
  • Major Responsibilities: Taught Honors Elective-“Surviving the 24- Hour News Cycle” to a group of students; created technology-rich environment that fostered discussion and understanding; used video and internet resources to guide students to mastery of essential questions of the curriculum.

 

  • Adjunct Faculty, Fontbonne University, Saint Louis, Missouri; Fall Semester 2004
  • Major Responsibilities: Taught EDU 540-“Introduction to Research Methods” to a diverse group of seventeen students; created environment for lively discussion and personal growth through a variety of opportunities for students outside the classroom; developed ideas and advised students on their individual action research projects. Projects culminated with detailed research papers and presentations.

 

 

Presentations

  • Greater Clark County- C4 Ignite Conference- July 2015
    • Seven Pillars of Digital Leadership
    • Leading Connected Classrooms
    • Art of Change Leadership
    • Building a Future Ready School
  • Missouri Google Summit- July 2015
    • Art of Change Leadership
  • ISTE- June 2015
    • Growing Super Connected Communities through Digital Classrooms Panel
  • ISTE-June 2015
    • Living Ferguson: How Edtech Can Amplify Our Social Justice Mission
  • ISTE-June 2015
    • Kajeet Presentation- Bringing Connectivity to the Heart of Achievement
  • ISTE- June 2015
    • BrightBytes Presentation- Leveraging Access and Environment to Increase the Use of Technology in the Classrooom.
  • EdTechTeam Missouri Summit Featuring Google for Education- July 2015
    • The Art of Change Leadership
  • Edchat Interactive- The Art of Change Leadership
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lyiaLBOn5c
  • edWeb Webinar- Leading Connected Classrooms
    • http://goo.gl/dcxTvF
  • Maryland Society for Educational Technology- April 2015
    • Makey, Makey Learning Exciting for All Kids
  • Maryland Society for Educational Technology- April 2015
    • Empowering a Culture of Innovation Panel
  • Future Ready Schools Conference- April 2015
    • Innovation in the Regional Ecosystem Panel
  • SXSWedu-Austin-March 2015
    •  Building Sustainable Technology Integration Districts
  • METC- Saint Louis- February 2015
    •   Design Thinking and Learning Space Design- Preconference
  • Educon-Philadelphia- January 2015
    •   Living Ferguson
  • Florida Education Technology Conference- January 2015
    •   Building Systems that Can Breathe
  • Learning Forward- December 2014

    • Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today

  • Fontbonne Fall Learning Institute- November 2014

    • Five Ways to Control the Flow of Information

  • National Science Teachers Association Conference- Richmond- November 2014

    • Using Citizen Science to Build Community Partnerships

  • Dell World Presentation- November 2014

    • Transforming How We Teach and Learn

  • Dell World Panel- November 2014

    • CTO Mobility and Security Panel

  • edWeb Webinar- November 2014

    • Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today

  • MOREnet- October 2014

    • our Ways to Measure Edtech Success

  • Nebraska Education Technology Assoc.- October 2014

    • Keynote- Engage, Empower, Energize: Realizing The Hope of Technology

  • Nebraska Education Technology Assoc.- October 2014

    • Integrating Technology and Visible Thinking Strategies

  • Nebraska Education Technology Assoc.- October 2014 

    • aximizing Classroom Engagement through Connected Learning

  • Missouri School Boards Association- September 2014

    • Getting Technology Integration Right

  • Missouri School Boards Association- September 2014

    • Getting Technology Integration Right

  • ISTE- June 2014

    • The Power of Story

  • Martin Institute Summer Conference- June 2014
    • Maximizing Engagement Through Connected Learning 
  • EdcampUSA- June 2014
    • Building a Culture of YES
  • Ohio Google Summit- May 2014
    • Keynote Presentation: Demand Different
  • Future Educators Conference- April 2014
    • Engage, Empower, Energize
  • Common Ground- MSET Conference- April 2014
    • Storytelling: A Human Condition
  • Missouri Google Summit- March 2014
    • Keynote Presentation: Demand Different
  • Midwest Educational Technology Conference- February 2014
    • Storytelling: A Human Condition
    • Ignite: Technology is An Arms Race
    • Leverage District Networks & Resources to Increase Collaboration
    • Design Thinking Workshop: The Gift Giving Challenge
  • Florida Educational Technology Conference- January 2014
    • Storytelling: A Human Condition
  • Eduscape- October 2013
    • Choice, Voice, and Authentic Audience-The Keys to Engagement and Integration
  • MOREnet Annual Conference- October 2013
    • Unleashing Integration Through a Culture of Service
  • Martin Institute- Summer 2013
    • Learning Beyond the Classroom: Thinning the Classroom Walls
  • Leadership 2.0 by edWeb.net Webinar- February 2013
    • Maximizing Engagement in a Common Core Environment
  • Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals- Spring Conference (MO)- Spring 2013
    • Maximizing Free Professional Development Using Twitter
  • Gateway Greening- Community Gardening Summit- February 2013
    • Building Partnership in School Sustainability Projects
  • Green Schools National Conference (CO)- Spring 2013
    • Using Experiential Education to Drive Passion, Purpose and Play
  • Midwest Education Technology Conference- February 2013 
    • Maximizing Engagement in a Common Core Environment
  • EdcampKC- November 2012
    • What is the Ideal Classroom? Bringing Innovations and Ideas to Light 
  • Food to School Webinar- Fall 2012
    • Food, Farm and Nutrition Curriculum Connections: Developing Educational Experiences That Meet Teacher Needs
  • Martin Institute- Summer Conference (TN)- Summer 2012
    • Changing Mental Models of Education Through Images and Stories
  • Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals- Spring Conference (MO)- Spring 2012
    • Telling and Shaping the Story of Your School 
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals- Annual Conference (FL)- Spring 2012
    • Picture This- How Movies and Television Images of Education Impact Change
  • Midwest Educational Technology Conference (MO)- Spring 2012
    • Use E-Portfolio as a Means for Deeper Reflection
  • Green Schools National Conference (CO)- Spring 2012
    • Panel on Green Schools and Achievement
  • Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals- Fall Conference (MO)- Fall 2011
    • Redefining Success in the Middle School (with students)
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens Green Schools Conference (MO)- Fall 2011
    • Sustainability 2.0 Beyond Recycling
  • Burlington School District (VT)- Fall 2011
    • Our Journey with Sustainability 
  • EdcampKC (MO)- Fall 2011
    • Picture This: How Images Impact the Momentum of Change in Education 
  • EdcampBHAM (AL)- Spring 2010
    • Changing the Image of Schools Through Social Media
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals- Annual Conference (AZ)- March 2010
    • Using Standards-Based Grading to Promote Overall Achievement
  • National Science Teacher Association- Annual Convention (MO)- Fall 2010
    • Teaching in a Standards-Based Learning Environment
  • Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals- Fall Conference (MO)- Fall 2010
    • Leading in a Web 2.0 Environment
  • National Middle School Conference- (IN)- Fall 2009
    • Examining Microtrends to Reveal Students’ Needs
  • Missouri Association for Secondary School Principals- Fall Conference (MO)- Fall 2009
    • Examining Microtrends to Reveal Students’ Needs
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals- Annual Conference, (TX)- February 2008
    • Practical Solutions for Use with the Response to Intervention Model
  • Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals- Fall Conference (MO)-Fall 2007
    • Creative, Proactive Programming for Students with Chronic Academic, Behavior Concerns

Articles & Publications

  • eSchool News- August 2015
    • Providing free wireless hotspots helps this district close the equity gap
  • Future Ready Schools Blog- July 2015
         http://www.futurereadyschools.org/Page/111
  • The School Administrator- June 2015
         Lead Learner Manifesto
  • Edutopia- July 2015
    • 21st-Century PD: Retention, Reflection, and Redistribution of Knowledge
  • The School Administrator- May 2015
    • http://theschooladministrator.com/demand-different-dr-robert-dillon/
  • Learn Bop Community Blog- April 2015
    • http://web.learnbop.com/blog/author/dr-robert-dillon
  • Edutopia Article- December 2014
    • The Power of Digital Story
  • Brilliant or Insane Blog
    • Retain, Reflect, Redistribute–Revisioning Adult Learning
  • eSchool News- November 2014
    • 10 ways to create engaging schools
  • Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times by Eric Sheninger- February 2014
    • Contributor to Chapter 11: Discovering Opportunity
  • Educational Horizons Magazine- February/March 2014
    • Career Tracks: Principal
  • NAESP- Principal Magazine- January 2014
  • Student Paths Newsletter- February 2013
  • Compass Learning Navigator Blog- February 2013
  • NASSP- NewsLeader- February 2013
    • Preparing for the NASSP Conference
  • The Connected Classroom Blog-CSD- November 2012
    • Building Learning Allies with Educators in Your Community & Beyond
  • Connected Principals- October 2012
    • Envisioning School as an Ecosystem
  • Edudemic- August 2012
    • 10 Things Students Won’t Need To Know When They Graduate   
  • Ecology of Education- September 2012
    • On Being a Bold School
  • Principal Leadership Magazine- March 2012
    • “Picture This”
  • Principal Leadership Magazine- December 2011
    • “Sustainable Learning”
  • Principal Leadership Magazine- September 2011
    • “Green Time for Screenagers”
  • AngelaMaiers.com- August 2011
    • Why Passion Driven Leadership Gets Me in Trouble 
  • American School Board Journal- February 2011
    • “Comprehensive School Allergy Program for Skills”
  • Principal Leadership Magazine- October 2010
    • “Data as a Social Justice Tool”
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development- ASCD Express -October 2009
    • “The Daily Building Blocks of Successful Leadership”
  • Principal Leadership Magazine- April 2009
    • “Reading Microtrends to Reveal Students’ Needs
  • Principal Leadership Magazine- September 2007
    • “Removing the Fear of Developing a Culturally Proficient School.”
  • Principal Leadership Magazine- December 2006
    • “Helping Students Get Back on Track.”