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R. Dionne Ward
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education
Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau

Dionne Ward has played a pivotal role in shaping the culture of urban schools, developing strategies, working collaboratively with students, parents, staff and community representatives, while consistently and persistently charting the course for closing the achievement gap and striving for high academic achievement. She has a passion for education and an obsession for improving the quality of learning for all students.

As an analyst, academician, home-school coordinator, general and special education teacher, principal, district administrator, and consultant, Ward has experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as pre-school and adult education. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Secondary Education and Turnaround Manager for School Improvement in Richmond Public Schools. In these roles she worked with schools to build systems to support high student performance through standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment design and implementation, with a focus on leadership development, process facilitation, program evaluation, collaborative data analysis, and curriculum and state audits. She has been a guest on local television news shows, featured in local newspapers for various accomplishments, and presented at numerous conferences on data driven instruction, school leadership, and strategies for student success.


National Council of Urban School Transformation Award

VPI Award from Governor Timothy Kaine, Commonwealth of Virginia

Urban League Volunteer of the Year Award

Title I Outstanding Leadership Award

Team Up Richmond Outstanding Principal Award

Outstanding Teacher of the Year

National Education Association
National Association of Middle School Principals
Virginia Reading Council
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals
Good Shepherd Baptist Church
Professional Experience
Internship Director (2015-2020)

School of Professional & Continuing Studies, University of Richmond

Educational Consultant (2014-Present)

AdvancEd, Alpharetta, Ga.

Interim Executive Director (2013-2014)

Secondary Education, Richmond Public Schools, Richmond

School Turnaround Manager/School Improvement Coordinator (2011-2013)

Richmond Public Schools, Richmond

Executive Director (2009-2011)

Secondary Education, Richmond Public Schools, Richmond

Principal (1999-2009)

Principal, Henderson Middle School, Richmond Public Schools, Richmond

Postgraduate Professional License: Director of Instruction; General Supervisor; Elementary, Middle & Secondary School Principal; Specific Learning Disabilities (K-12); Emotional Disturbance (K-12)
CPR/AED Emergency First Aid
Community Service

Special Olympics

Kiwanis Club

Adult Literacy Program

American Diabetes Association

Multiple Sclerosis Society

American Heart Foundation

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University
M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University
Special Education
Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Educational Leadership
Contact Information
118 North Court
(804) 289-8754
(804) 484-1564 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Cultivating School Leadership from Within
Compelling Classroom Practices to Disrupt Poverty
Preparing Students for Success as a School Leader
Empowering Your Team as a Leader
Building a Culture of Acceptable Student Voice