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Dr Peter DeWitt

Speaker Summary

An internationally renowned leadership expert, and a critically acclaimed author of multiple best-selling education works, Peter DeWitt is a stalwart champion of inclusive and collaborative policy. A multi-award-winning educator from New York, he is fiercely passionate about creating thriving and safe school environments that work for everyone with an emphasis on improving the tools and systems available for education leaders. Over the last few years Peter’s stellar reputation has spread across the globe as he has cemented himself as one of the most eminent voices at the forefront of modern education.

Areas of Expertise

Leadership  – Safeguarding – Whole-School Improvement – Visible Learning

Full Profile

Peter is a former Primary School Teacher and Principal with nearly 20 years of experience in primary education. He is now a celebrated educational consultant, Visible Learning trainer, and acclaimed author. He has worked with countless educational organisations, councils, and governments across the globe, from his homeland of North America through to Europe, Asia and the UK, improving systems of learning and leadership wherever he goes.

He offers international insight into collaborative leadership, inclusive school climates and connected learning. His “Finding Common Ground” blog is published by Education Week and has been circulated since 2011. This year he co-created Education Week’s “A Seat At The Table”, a webinar series that he moderates featuring discussions with some of the USA’s leading experts on the topics of gender, orientation, trauma, race and research.

He is the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State’s (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year, and the 2015 Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences). He sits on the panel of educational experts for NBC Universal’s Education Nation.


Peter has authored and co-authored multiple critically acclaimed books. These include:
- School Climate Change (2014),
- Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students (2012),
- Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most (2016)
- Instructional leadership: Creating Practice out of Theory (2020)

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