Dr. John W. Hodge

President & Co-Founder

Dr. John W. Hodge is Vice-President of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC) – a staff development and training organization that serves school districts throughout the country. Dr. Hodge has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He also served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, a high performing, high poverty, intercity school that has received numerous national awards and was also where many of the interventions used by ULLC were piloted. Prior to starting his career in education, Dr. John W. Hodge distinguished himself in the service of our country with the 7th Infantry Division of the United States Army.

Dr. Hodge’s career has been defined by helping students and teachers overcome obstacles and achieve goals. He has served as a staff developer 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 mentor/coach facilitator in NASSP’s “Developing the 21st Century Principal” program.

Dr. Hodge is an expert in helping schools plan and implement strategies for continuous improvement. His presentations often serve as “the spark” for many schools in their quest to meet state and federal accreditation standards.

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Day 1
January 18, 2023
1:00 pm

General Session

Arcadia Ballroom (Lobby Level)
18 January
Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:  Arcadia Ballroom (Lobby Level)

You Can Get in the Way: How You Can Become a Roadblock to Risk Factors – Dr. John W. Hodge

Risk factors that typically hold students back are very similar, whether they attend a rural, suburban, or urban school. Yet the evidence is overwhelming that children who overcome obstacles and eventually thrive usually have one thing in common: the presence of educators, advocates, and family members – people just like you – who can see beyond demographic and social limitations to the unlimited potential that lies within.

In his keynote address, Dr. Hodge will share stories and lessons learned from schools across the country who are working to close the gap for all students and how the actions of caring adults have been the difference between success and failure for children like the ones you see in your schools every day. You’ll walk away with common-sense strategies that can be put into practice in your district right away and gain insight into ways you can help foster resilience and better support all students.

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