Dwight Carter is an award-winning education leader from Central OH. His purpose is to positively change lives and impact futures. He believes reflection is at the heart of our practice and encourages principals, teachers, and students to focus on personal skill development to create optimal learning conditions.
Because of his collaborative and innovative leadership as a principal, he received the following accolades:

*2010-Jostens Renaissance Educator Hall of Fame
*2013-National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal of the Year
*2014-Academy of Arts and Science Education High School Principal of the Year
*2015-Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators Principal of the Year
*2021-Columbus Afrocentric Early College Sankofa Emerging Leader

During his tenure as a principal, he joined the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) as a Digital Leadership and Learning Coach. He delivered keynote addresses and coached educators to explore new ways to increase rigor, relevance, and student engagement.

In 2018, he joined Dynamix to become an Effectiveness Coach. Dynamix partners with school districts to help them use various research-based processes and protocols to work more effectively and efficiently. After working full-time with Dynamix and ICLE for a year, he jumped into Career Tech Education (CTE) as an Assistant Principal at Eastland-Career Center (ECC) in the Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical School District (EFCTS). He spent two years in that role before becoming a member of the EFCTS Executive Leadership Team as the Director of Student Support Systems. As the director, his department is responsible for removing barriers to student learning in three main areas: culture and climate, health and wellness, and intervention services.

He is the co-author of four books: What’s In Your Space? Five Steps to Better School and Classroom Design (Corwin, 2016), Leading Schools in Disruptive Times: How to Survive Hyperchange (Corwin 2018, 2021), and Because of a Teacher, curated by George Couros (IMPress, 2022). His first solo book, Be GREAT: Five Principles to Improve School Culture From the Inside Out, was published in July 2022 (IMPress).

One of his cornerstone beliefs is, “No significant learning takes place without a significant relationship”-Dr. James Comer.

You can contact him at:
Twitter: @Dwight_Carter
LinkedIn: Dwight L. Carter
Email: mrdwightcarter@gmail.com

10 thoughts on “About

  1. It is so refershing to a positive African American male educator. In my school district there aren’t enough! I too believe that we must be willing to impact and change the lives of today’s youth.

  2. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support! “To whom much is given much is required.”

    Be Great,


  3. Hi Dwight,

    Caught your blog via @JasonFlom and #stuvoice, in particular the post on what students are looking for in teachers; great information. I’m an independent documentary filmmaker and I’m currently working on a film, Grey Matters, looking at how neurological research should be informing teaching methods. What your students describe is a key component of the Brain Targeted Teaching model which I’m showcasing in the film. Would love it if you could take a moment to check out the facebook page and website for the documentary: greymattersdocumentary.com. http://www.facebook.com/greymattersdocumentary. If it’s of interest please like and share with friends and colleagues.
    Thanks and look forward reading more about your work.

    Kind regards,

  4. Dwight. Great blogsite! I look forward to meeting you in person at the BASA bootcamp next week. I’m excited about your session!

  5. I came across this blog through Twitter and I absolutely admire a) the fact that you as a principa blog+reflect, unheard of in my country; and b) enjoy reading your insights very much! Thank you!!!

  6. Hello Dwight,

    My name is Kevin Hoang and I run the Hot Topics blog http://www.pil-network.com/HotTopics for Microsoft in Education. We would like to warmly invite you join our network. This year was special to us. At our 2014 Global Forum in Barcelona, we’ve invited 250 school leaders from Microsoft’s Mentor Schools to join us learn, share and collaborate with the best of the best from all over the world. These mentor schools are subject to a robust selection process where over 10,000 school leaders compete the join annually.

    As a school leader yourself, we would be honored to have you join our community and add further into the thought leadership by writing blogs as we would like your community to learn from the best and brightest.

    If this opportunity speaks out to you, please feel free to write back so we can continue our discussion.

    All the best,

    Kevin Hoang
    Program Manager
    Hot Topics | Microsoft in Education
    M: 425 615 9200

  7. New Albany Folks – You are lucky to have Mr. Carter! My kids went to Gahanna and he has been a great role model, mentor and friend. He rocks! Good luck Dwight – Be Great (no doubt you will be). – Leah Kohr

  8. I had the opportunity to hear you talk at the Josten’s Renissance conference this summer… and I’ve started one of our ideas (HAT) day and I’m getting the most bizarre pushback from a few teachers, and before those few derail my efforts I would love to get some insight from you. Would you be able to email me?

  9. https://beaballerbuildingalifelonglegacy.buzzsprout.com/2064785/14062975-dwight-carter-respected-educator-and-author-building-a-legacy-in-education-and-leadership

    Ever wonder how one of Ohio’s most respected school leaders transitioned from a young student with a cursive writing block to a nationally recognized educator? Push play as we welcome Dwight Carter, a trailblazer in education, to our episode. With his two-decade long career in education, Dwight walks us through his early years as a student, his journey of overcoming challenges, and his rise to leadership – all while illuminating the importance of a holistic support system in schools for today’s students.

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