About Steve Ventura & Advanced Collaborative Solutions

Steve Ventura

For five years, I taught physical education and was a special education resource teacher. I spent an additional 21 years as an administrator, starting out as an eager dean of students and ending up as a district superintendent. In 2010, I left my superintendency and began to provide full-time professional development to schools, districts, and non-profit organizations all over the world. This work gave me new passion for preparing and supporting educators.

As an author and consultant, I hope to create what I would have liked more of when I was teaching: a vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers and leaders, supporting each other toward excellence. I believe if we can reach across the limits of geography and find each other, there’s no limit to the amazing things we can accomplish.

A few facts about me:

  • I am not an academic-I am an educator. The knowledge I love imparting is practical, pragmatic, and high impact. What do teachers and leaders desire the most? Those strategies that will have an immediate impact on their most important personal and organizational objectives.
  • I am an extremely happy educator who chose the field of education because of a deep love of kids and the innate knowledge that, if taught well, ALL kids can reach proficiency and beyond.
  • I make school life simpler. I do not believe that in order for things to be powerful in schools, they have to be drawn-out and complicated. All of the content I present in person and share on this website is designed around that idea. I believe in action.
  • I am results driven. I don’t believe in simply showing others “what works." I believe in showing others “what works best in your school and with your students."
  • I have worked alongside the lowest socio-economic counties in our country – and gotten stellar results.
  • I believe in focusing on what gets quick results – “Don’t get it right, get it started” is my motto.
  • I am the founder of Advanced Collaborative Solutions, but I am also an author/consultant for Corwin Professional Learning, and therefore have been certified by some of the most influential thought leaders from around the world, including Professor John Hattie (Visible Learning), Larry Ainsworth (Common Formative Assessments 2.0), and Russ Quaglia (Student Voice and Aspirations).

If you would like to get in touch, just use my contact form. And if you have a question about teaching, learning, leadership, or anything even remotely education-related, ask here. Unless you are a spammer or someone trying to enroll me in multi-level marketing, I will respond quickly!

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