Episode 94 | Evan Whitehead

Episode 94

Evan Whitehead

Evan Whitehead has been in the field of education for over 20 years spanning over three decades, and is currently the Director of Special Services, for Lindop School District 92, in Broadview, IL.

In his current role Evan oversees all Federal Programs (Special Education, McKinney-Vento, English Learners, and Title I), Early Childhood Education, Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), Social Emotional Learning, Family and Community Engagement, Health Services, Continuous Improvement, Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Competency.

Evan started his career in education as a crisis and behavior interventionist at therapeutic day school in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, IL. Over his career he has held the following positions: Special Education Paraprofessional, Special Education High School Teacher, Latino Parent Outreach Coordinator, Dean of Student Discipline, Community Outreach Coordinator, Director of Special Services, Director of Bilingual Education and English Learners, Title I Director, and Assistant Superintendent of Special Services.

Evan also worked as a District Liaison with the Illinois State Board of Education’s Statewide System of Support. As a District Liaison, Evan was charged with leading District Assistance Teams in implementing supports to districts in order to build district capacity to schools and help reduce the largest within-school gaps in achievement or largest within-school gaps in graduation rates at the high school level.

Evan is also a National Consultant, Trainer and Presenter with Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s aha! Process, Inc. www.ahaprocess.com . In his work with aha! Process, Evan provides local and national trainings, presentations, and speaking engagements on Dr. Ruby K. Payne’s most recent book and workshop “Emotional Poverty in All Demographics: How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety, and Violence in the Classroom”. https://www.ahaprocess.com/workshop/emotional-poverty-on- site-workshop.

Recently, in November 2019, Evan presented at two statewide Educator Conferences. On November 19, 2019, Evan co-presented “Emotional Poverty in All Demographics” during the general session at the Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators (AAESA), Fall Instructional Conference in Orange Beach, Alabama.

On November 23, 2019, at the IASB-IASA- IASBO Joint Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Evan presented “Need and Numbers: Board Policies for Equity and Accountability —strategically and intentionally creating board policies based on data, including policies covering professional learning, cultural relevancy, SEL, ISTE standards, to establish accountability goals, using district norms, to leverage achievement.”

Evan is also the Executive Director of Educational Services with Strategic Project Management, Inc. www.strategicpm.us in which he oversees training, professional development, continuous improvement services for school districts, higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, social-service agencies.

In September 2019, Evan was appointed to a four year term, on the Illinois State Board of Education Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Consolidated Committee of Practitioners (CCOP), by Illinois State Board of Education, State Superintendent Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. The mission of ESEA Consolidated Committee of Practitioners is to study and advise the Illinois State Board of Education on the implementation of programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to ensure that high quality services are available for all students especially those most in need.

Evan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education with a concentration of Bilingual Bi-cultural Special Education and English as a Second Language, Minor in Spanish Language and Literature and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration.

Evan also studied Afro-Latino Studies and Spanish Language at Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Evan's areas of expertise include Special Education, Social Emotional Learning, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), District/School Continuous Improvement, Family and Community Engagement, Federal Programs, Equity, Diversity, Cultural Competency and Mental Health.

Evan is a husband, father, mental health advocate, and has coached youth sports for over 15 years.

Contact Evan Online:
Website | ahaprocess.com
Website | strategiclearningsolutions.com
Website | strategicpm.us
Email | [email protected]

Connect with Evan on Social Media:
Twitter | @EvanWhitehead00