Dick has varied and extensive education experience, and understands the importance of education in a changing world. He is an innovative thinker with a passion for learning and helping to aspire toward education change and improvement.
Since the creation of the International Center in 1991, Dick has traveled to all 50 states and several nations – working with educators to develop the commitment to school change and skills necessary to better prepare students for the future. He created the format for International Center professional development resource kits and has written or co-authored 13 publications.
Dick served in several leadership capacities for two decades in the New York State Education Department, responsible for implementing leadership programs, curriculum development, professional development, integration of education technology and school improvement. He has also worked in the private sector developing technology applications for schools.
He has received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Cornell University. He started his teaching career as a high school agriculture teacher.
Dick is an accomplished presenter and has demonstrated his leadership in the creation of many new education programs. He has written student textbooks, developed online professional development and software applications. In his four decades as an educator, Dick has shared with hundreds of audiences his passion for learning and vision for the possibilities schools.
His philosophy is “To be an educator, you must never stop being a student.”