Kenneth Mitchell, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, School of Education
Room: 16 (Benziger Hall Lower Level)
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Ken Mitchell served as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools for thirty-seven years. After teaching secondary English for thirteen years, he began his fifteen year career as a building principal.
Ken headed the R.E. Bell School in Chappaqua before leading the planning and opening of the Seven Bridges School. After Chappaqua, he moved into the role of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Bedford after which he became superintendent of the South Orangetown Central Schools before retiring.
Dedicated to enhancing the craft of teaching and the power of teacher leadership, Ken’s career has been marked by a pattern of advocacy that began with his role in the emergence of the writing process as an effective methodology. An activist in the middle school movement that reclaimed the need for programs and practices that support the learning and socio-emotional needs of young adolescents, Ken was the Director of Research for the New York State Middle Schools Association. In recent leadership roles as president of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents and active in the New York Council of School Superintendents, Ken has challenged politically-motivated and market-driven state and federal reforms that seek ‘accountability’ over evidence-based programs and practice.