"Dignity for All is a wise book that will help administrators, teachers, and parents work together to make sure that our schools are welcoming for all of our students. Peter DeWitt provides the insight and ideas to lead the way in including LGBT students." (Diane Ravitch, Research Professor 2011-08-29)
"In this book, a group of students that is often misunderstood and frequently maligned finds a voice. Educators whose reach extends to every student will discover here a deeper understanding of these students’ needs as well as sound advice on addressing those needs." (Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor 2011-09-19)
“Leaders set the tone for their buildings. Peter DeWitt offers an important resource for teachers and administrators that will help create an inclusive school for all students.” (Todd Whitaker, Professor 2011-11-21)
"Dignity for All provides educators with critical information on the experiences of LGBT students in our schools and how to create safe and affirming spaces for these youth. Grounded in his experience as a teacher and school administrator, Peter DeWitt makes vital knowledge accessible for those on the front lines in schools." (Eliza Byard, Executive Director 2011-12-08)
"This book is a valuable resource guide for schools considering a course of action. It is recommended for all high schools seeking progressive change." (Kevin Beach VOYA, August 2012 2012-08-29)
About the Author
Consulting Description: LGBT Students
Consulting Description: Flipped Communication
Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.) is a former school principal in Upstate, NY, and he is now a Visible Learning trainer. Before becoming a principal he taught elementary school for eleven years. His syndicated blog Finding Common Ground is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine.
Peter has presented Visible Learning in New Zealand, Australia and all over North America. Additionally, he spent time visiting Visible Learning Schools and meeting with the New Zealand Ministry. In April, Peter participated in a keynote for the Council of Chief State School Officials (CCSSO) with John Hattie and Deb Masters, and Deb and Peter facilitated workshops over a two-day period for the CCSSO.
Peter has presented at state and national conferences around the U.S. including the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Conference in 2012, 2013, 2014 and will be running a full day workshop in 2015. He has also presented at ASCD in 2013 and 2015. His presentations focus on struggling learners, instructional leadership, connected learning as well as safeguarding LGBT students and other social justice topics.
Peter did his doctoral dissertation on the subject of safeguarding LGBT students at Sage College of Albany. His book Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students was published by Corwin Press in March of 2012. He is a consulting editor and visionary for the Connected Educator Series (Corwin Press. Fall 2014). Peter’s releases are Flipped Leadership Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin Press, Connected Educator Series) and Climate Change: How Do I Foster a More Inclusive School Climate (ASCD. Fall 2014).
His articles have appeared in education journals at the state, national and international level. He has written for Principal Magazine, Education Week, Educational Leadership, The Huffington Post, ASCD Whole Child, Connected Principals, Teaching Tolerance, Smartblogs, PBS and ASCD Express. He has been interviewed by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Education Association (NEA), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), PBS and ABCnews.com.