Walter McKenzie is the Senior Director of Constituent Services at ASCD, facilitating its many educator communities, including affiliates, connected communities, emerging leaders, student chapters and professional interest communities. In addition, he also supports ASCD governance, education policy, global engagement, and the Whole Child. He is a strong proponent of educator engagement and elevating the profession through thought leadership and strong, clear educator voice.
Prior to coming to ASCD, Walter served 25 years in Massachusetts and Virginia public schools: 14 years as a classroom teacher and 11 years as a district director and assistant superintendent. He also served as a senior training specialist for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., and its field offices around the nation.
In addition to his work in public education, Walter is an internationally known presenter on multiple intelligences theory and instructional technology, and he has authored several books on these subjects. He has been instrumental in launching and leading online professional development programs and postgraduate professional education courses around the country, and he has actively facilitated online educator communities and web-based interdisciplinary instructional projects over the past thirty years.
Walter served as director of communications for the Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development from 2005 to 2007, and as president of the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators 2004-2006. He has participated in the Annenberg Project’s The Arts in Every Classroom project and the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program, and he is a strong advocate for reaching and teaching the whole child to ensure success for every student.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in early and middle childhood education from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on instructional technology from George Mason University, as well as advanced certificates in ITIL and advanced board development and governance. You can view his personal website here.
All of the ideas and opinions Walter expresses thinking out loud are his own.