My name is Anthony (Tony) DePrato, and I am currently the Director of Technology and Special Projects for YK PAO School in Shanghai, China. I have a Masters in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, and Bachelor of Arts in Communications and International Studies from St. Thomas More College (A Four Year Private University).
My current posting requires to me to oversee technology that is varied in complexity across two campuses on different sides of the world’s largest city. One of the campuses I work for is a bilingual grade 1-5 primary school; the other is a secondary year 6-12 boarding school, which recently received approval from the IBO to begin the diploma program.
Before this I was the technology director for the Dubai American Academy and a member of the GEMS Digital Learning team, which supports many schools simultaneously.
Currently I am seeking to expand my role in school leadership. I have a background not only in Technology Management, but also in facilities design and management, human resources planning and data management, school policy writing, school improvement plan development, government policy alignment, and developing large programs that span curriculum K-12.
I am looking for a school that would be interested in allowing me to apply myself to more than one area and develop as a leader. I am a student first, a good listener, and a creative problem solver. I believe there is opportunity to improve student learning and education even when resources are lacking. I always take a ‘students first’ approach to planning, as I see that at the core mission of any educational initiative.
I have recently completed my Principals’ Training Center Leadership Certification. In doing so I completed the following courses:
- Leadership and Team Dynamics
- Assessment Leadership
- Teacher Evaluation and Supervision
- School Finance
Technology in the Classroom
Early October I wrote a post about why your school should have an inventory and I talked about using MAMP and GLPI to create your own on an older MacBook that you may have in storage. I thought the post … Continue reading →
Posted: November 11, 2017, 8:48 pm
Recently I posted about Google Sheets and how awesome the query function is. I thought it was so cool that I would make a little video about how to do it, in case my instructions were not super clear. Watch … Continue reading →
Posted: October 5, 2017, 2:48 pm
By: Tony DePrato | Follow me on Twitter @tdeprato The Class Size Issue in Project Based Subjects The relationship between class size and project based subjects is inverse compared to studies that look at traditional courses where instruction is rote, … Continue reading →
Posted: October 4, 2017, 1:20 pm
For the past three weeks I’ve been putting together an inventory for our school. We’ve never had one here before so I thought it was time to make that change, but this post will explain why we did it, how … Continue reading →
Posted: October 1, 2017, 1:23 pm
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon something that has got my a little excited. I mean did you see the exclamation mark in the title? That is not to be trifled with people. At any rate, I have stumbled … Continue reading →
Posted: September 21, 2017, 12:34 pm
As a professional, there are those magical moments when you come across a system, technique or app that just works. It doesn’t just works, it works exactly as expected. It crushes those pesky expectations and everytime you produce a product … Continue reading →
Posted: September 10, 2017, 9:53 pm
Tony and I were in Cincinnati together and took in a Reds game (they won by the way). No, that is not us on the jumbotron. While there we also had a chance to sit down together and talk Ed … Continue reading →
Posted: August 25, 2017, 2:40 pm
By: Tony DePrato | Follow me on Twitter @tdeprato A very significant part of Educational Technology Leadership is devoted to professional development, new systems implementation, and the long term planning of support. Every year as the semester starts-up, administrators around … Continue reading →
Posted: August 11, 2017, 8:09 pm
By: Tony DePrato | Follow me on Twitter @tdeprato Since 2008, I have been working with groups of new hires. There is much stress and confusion when people are relocating to another country. I always try and provide the information … Continue reading →
Posted: July 14, 2017, 9:16 am
Yes, you read it correctly. I typed three exclamation points in the title. That is how strongly I feel about interactive whiteboards. Let me tell you where that comes from. It was my first international school and they were doing … Continue reading →
Posted: July 10, 2017, 5:12 pm