Meet Our Keynote!

John Hodge

John Hodge

Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

John received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University where he graduated with honors. He later received his Master of Arts degree from Chapman University. John completed his academic and professional preparation by earning a Doctor of Education degree from Virginia Tech where he conducted extensive research on factors that contribute to the academic success and/or failure of impoverished children. What sets Dr. John W. Hodge apart in the field of education is his well-documented ability to put research and theory into everyday practice in rural, urban and suburban schools. Dr. Hodge has helped educators in elementary, middle and high schools make the necessary changes to help all children meet and exceed rigorous academic standards. He is truly one of America's most respected new voices in education.

Prior to starting his career in education, Dr. Hodge distinguished himself in the service of our country with the 7th Infantry Division of the United States Army. He is known as a master teacher and staff developer.

Dr. Hodge's career has been defined by assisting students and teachers overcome obstacles and achieve goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the (SREB) Leadership Initiative Modules "Leading Assessment and Instruction" and "Creating a High Performance Learning Culture", and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) "Developing the 21st Century Principal" program.

Dr. Hodge is a frequent speaker for elementary, middle and high school student assemblies. His presentations are often "the spark" for schools in their quest to meet and exceed state/federal accreditation standards and implement strategies for continuous improvement. Dr. Hodge is an expert in helping schools create and sustain academic excellence.

Speaker Proposals

We’re always interested in sharing methods, findings, or practices with our membership and attendees and we’d like you to consider contributing something from your own work to our future meetings. Presentations are generally scheduled for durations of approximately 60 minutes. We may offer them in various formats (such as smaller breakout sessions or panel discussions) as our programs permit. If you would like to participate in this important work of DATAG, please be looking for an email after Summer Conference from our Program Driector, Sean Fahey. He will supply you with a link to submit your applications.

Please include the following information to help us plan the best way to present your contributions:
1. Name of the presenter(s) and complete contact information, including email(s) and telephone number(s)
2. School district, BOCES, or other educational affiliation and a short biography for all presenters (50 words
3. Presentation topic: please include a preferred title and brief (75 word) description
4. Meeting date(s) when you could present
5. Audience type: please tell us if your presentation is most suited for a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced
6. Presentation support needs: projector, laptop computer, tables, flip charts, wireless Internet access, etc.
7. Special requests
8. Questions for the Program Committee

Thank you for your interest in sharing your expertise and your work!