Essential Steps for Thriving, Not Just Surviving
Based on his book Principal Matters: The Motivation, Action, Courage and Teamwork Needed for School Leaders, William D. Parker brings twenty-five years of education experience to help explore eight essential roles school leaders must consistently practice.
In this interactive, insightful exchange of ideas, discover ways to grow in:
• Organizational leadership
• Dealing with difficult people
• Ensuring accountability
• Effective communication
• Maintaining personal growth
• Cultivating teamwork
Join Will Parker as he helps you apply these lessons with powerful, practical takeaways that will keep you motivated and equipped in your school leadership.
William D. Parker is Executive Director of Oklahoma’s Association of Secondary Principals and Oklahoma’s Middle Level Educator Association. He is the former principal of Skiatook High School, just north of Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A. As a high school teacher, he taught Language Arts, creative writing, and Advanced Placement English. He has also taught writing in summer student academies through Oklahoma State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he has taught adult education courses through Tulsa Technology Center.
An Oklahoma educator since 1993, he was named Broken Arrow Public School’s South Intermediate High School Teacher of the Year in 1998. He became an assistant principal in 2004. A member of the National Association of Secondary Principals, Parker was named the 2012 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year. As principal of a Title I school, his school’s innovative approaches to collaboration, remediation and mentoring resulted in marked improvements in student performance.
Will serves schools across the state of Oklahoma through professional development, advocacy, and membership support. He is regularly asked to speak to principal associations, school leadership conferences, and graduate classes on effective leadership practices, organizational behavior, and digital tools for enhancing school communication.
In 2014 he released his first book, Principal Matters: The Motivation, Action, Courage, and Teamwork Needed for School Leaders. His second book, Messaging Matters: How to Inspire Students, Motivate Teachers, and Reach Communities, was published by Solution Tree Press in 2017.
Parker hosts a weekly podcast called Principal Matters and writes a weekly blog that he shares on his website www.williamdparker.com. He is also a contributing author on ConnectedPrincipals.com, and a guest blogger for the National Association of Secondary Principals. He also hosts monthly webinars for his state’s principal association members where he shares innovative ideas for growing in school leadership.
Mr. Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in English Education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his master’s degree in education leadership from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
He has been married for twenty-four years to his wife Missy, and they are the proud parents of four children: 3 girls and 1 boy. When he is not serving schools or shuttling his own children to practices, he also enjoys running, hiking, and playing guitar or piano.