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DA’s Forward-Thinking Columnists

We're all about offering solutions, and our seven columnists add immensely to the mix of content we offer.

I have a monthly email communication with Elliot Soloway, a University of Michigan professor and the chair of ISTE’s Special Interest Group on Mobile Learning, who writes our Going Mobile column with Cathie Norris. Somewhere within the email thread, Soloway is sure to write words such as these: “Someone has to tell the emperor he’s naked.”

Soloway is one of seven very passionate education experts who contribute on a regular basis to DA magazine. I am proud to have their opinions appear within these pages. When asked about this passion Soloway and Norris say, “We truly believe that education is on the cusp of a transformation. Why? In the past, technology has been ignored; it can no longer be ignored. The ubiquitous, mobile technologies provide the opening, finally, to change pedagogy in America. We believe—and we are acting on that belief.”

Online Edge columnist Will Richardson is the co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice, a professional development program, as well as an author, educator and highly acclaimed education blogger. Richardson’s January 2012 column, “Are You an Old School or a Bold School?” went viral on Twitter. Richardson says, “My columns come from my experiences as a parent and my discussions with educators around the world both face to face and in the online learning networks that I am a part of.”

Rob Mancabelli’s column is our newest. Mancabelli is a speaker, writer and educator who “focuses on the key actions educators can take to promote and sustain change.” His method? “I choose the topics that people find the most challenging, often where the answers are counterintuitive and rarely implemented.” Check out his New Directions column in this issue: “The Three New Pillars of 21st-Century Learning.”

Christopher Griffin, who writes Student Counsel, is the director of guidance for the Katonah-Lewisboro (N.Y.) School District and has his doctorate in educational leadership, policy and foundations. In the September 2011 column, “Back to School After Experiencing Failure,” his description of what school looks like for those in the cycle of failure got me in the heart, as his columns often do. Griffin says, “The role of the counselor can be so critical in both the social-emotional and academic development of our students. If we want our students to be college and career ready, then we need skilled professionals who understand their stories and accompany them on their journey through adolescence.” In this issue, Griffin’s topic is bullies.

Like Christopher Griffin, Eamonn O’Donovan is a current K12 school administrator. In the past five years, he has moved from principal to director of special education to assistant superintendent of human resources. According to O’Donovan, his column’s intention “is to help school leaders reflect upon their own practice, best practices, and the art of leadership. I choose my articles based on problems or issues I see working administrators face every day.” Technology solutions for busy administrators is his topic this issue, and I am sure you will relate to the scenarios he writes about and gain from his solutions.

In his Crisis Response column, Scott Poland shares with administrators key points in current trends and key principles for crisis prevention and intervention in schools. He also provides essential information about the mental health of students. Preventing teen motor vehicle accidents is his topic this month. Scott is a school psychologist, professor and the co-director of the suicide and violence prevention office.

DA is all about offering solutions, and our seven columnists add immensely to the mix of content we offer. Comment on their articles at, and share them with your colleagues.