Superintendent Don D. DoggettDon D. Doggett is the superintendent of schools in McCormick County, South Carolina. He works to build the capacity of principals as they assist schools and improve student achievement.
Previously, a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Doggett worked with the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) to build the capacity of state education agencies as they assisted schools and districts. In this work, he lead efforts in needs-sensing, planning, and coordinating the delivery of technical assistance and professional development in South Carolina and assisted in providing similar services to other states served through the SECC.
Doggett has more than 10 years of experience as both a principal and an assistant principal at the elementary and middle school level. As an administrator, he has guided instruction, developed professional learning communities, planned and facilitated staff development opportunities, managed district and state testing programs, recruited and evaluated staff, created afterschool programs, and coordinated mentoring programs and community partnerships. Doggett served as the principal of two underperforming schools in Beaufort County, South Carolina. To improve performance, he developed professional learning communities and implemented a balanced literacy approach to integrated instruction in all grades as well as the use of data to inform instructional decisions. Under his leadership, student achievement rose at Whale Branch Elementary School in Beaufort, which was named a Turnaround School and removed from the Palmetto Priority Schools list for the 2011–2012 school year.
Doggett has an extensive background in using technology to strengthen families and community-school partnerships. As a community outreach consultant for the Richland Clicks! Challenge Grant, he provided technology training to parents, the community, and students in Richland School District One, Columbia, South Carolina. In addition, he helped identify technology resources to support and enhance student learning and family well-being and expanded the district’s outreach opportunities by creating 50 additional technology centers.
Doggett’s interests include leadership, school improvement, school turnaround, reading and literacy, data-driven decision-making, change process, professional learning communities, South Carolina Teacher Advancement Program System, afterschool, technology, and family and community engagement. His current doctoral work focuses on early literacy/early vocabulary development.Moving at the speed of learning!