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Tom Arnold Bennett
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Tom Bennett is the Associate Director for Organizational Development and School Support (OD/SSP) at the Arkansas Leadership Academy, a Research and Service Unit in the COEHP. In his role of Associate Director, Dr. Bennett manages the daily operations of OD/SSP, including providing support and supervision for the Academy's performance coaches; maintains positive client relations with superintendents, principals, and school leaders; secures professional service agreements with schools and school districts for their participation in the program; develops and delivers local, regional, state, and national presentations on OD/SSP; and manages the program budget.
He joined the University of Arkansas community in July of 2017 as a Performance Coach with the Academy, providing services in the field to Arkansas public school districts and schools participating in OD/SSP. As a Performance Coach, his primary focus was on assisting educational organizations with designing and implementing strategic action plans, including learning experiences from Academy institutes and programs. Prior to coming to the University of Arkansas, Dr. Bennett spent 16 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator with the Rivercrest School District. Education is his second career; Dr. Bennett practiced law in northeast Arkansas for 12 years before leaving the profession to become an educator in his home school district. He earned a Post-Master's Certificate in Leadership Studies from the University of Central Arkansas in 2016; an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2012; a M.S.E. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in 2005; a J.D. from the University of Arkansas in 1988; and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Arkansas in 1985.
Bennett, T., Jones, C., and Medeiros, J. (2018, December 6). A systems approach to school improvement: The Arkansas Leadership Academy’s school support program. Arkansas School Board Association Annual Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Bennett, T. and Bennett, S. (2018, October 15). Leading and managing organizational change for the next generation of leaders. Arkansas Community Colleges Annual Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Bennett, T., Jones, C., and Medeiros, J. (2018, September 28). Supporting systems change and innovation through organizational development. OIE Innovation in Education Summit, Rogers, Arkansas.
Bennett. T. and Foldesy, G. (2013, April 25-27). A study of the religious orientation of public school districts located in the Bible Belt of the United States. Paper presented at the annual European Teacher Education Network Conference, Limburg Catholic University College, Hasselt, Belgium.
Bennett, T. (2012, December 4). Increasing achievement and improving culture through student voice. Learning Forward Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.
Bennett, T. and Spears, L. (2011, December 8). The student voice project: Rivercrest High School. Arkansas School Board Association Annual Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Bennett, T. (2011, December 6). Implementation of public high school data walls. Learning Forward Annual Conference, Anaheim, California.
Bennett, T. and Spears, L. (2011, October 26). The student voice project: Rivercrest High School. Arkansas Public School Resource Center Fall Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Alexander, B., Bennett, T., and Spears, L. (2011, October 14). The student voice project: Rivercrest High School. Assistant Principal’s Workshop, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Bennett, T. (2011, August 10). “I’m possible”: Using student voice to increase academic achievement and improve school culture. Student Success Symposium, Arkansas Northeastern College, Blytheville, Arkansas.
Bennett, T. (2011, June 9). Change leadership: A systemic approach to school improvement. Memphis City Schools Forum for Innovative Leadership, Memphis, Tennessee.
Bennett, T. (2005, April). The use of jurisprudential inquiry and the Socratic method in secondary education. Paper presented at the semi-annual Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Special Education Conference, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.
Bennett, T. (2004, April). Letting students choose: Voluntary tracking into college preparatory and vocational curriculum. Paper presented at the semi-annual Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Special Education Conference, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR.
P.M.C. (Leadership Studies) University of Central Arkansas, 2016
Ed.D. (Educational Leadership) Arkansas State University, 2012
M.S.E. (Educational Leadership) Arkansas State University, 2005
J.D. (Law) University of Arkansas, 1988
B.A. (Communication) University of Arkansas, 1985
Bennett, T. (2014). Classroom practices: Honoring students’ religious beliefs and non-beliefs. The Learning Teacher Magazine, 5(2), 16.
Bennett. T. and Foldesy, G. (2013). A study of the religious orientation of public school districts located in the Bible Belt of the United States. Journal of the European Teacher Education Network, 9, 12-21.
Bennett, T. (2013). Scripture on football friday nights: An analysis of the display of religious messages on cheerleader banners in light of Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, 1(2).
Bennett, T., & Foldesy, G. (2008). “Our father in heaven”: A legal analysis of the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer by public school coaches. The Clearing House, 81(4), 185-189.