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Dr. Richard Dinko (Richard Dinko)

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  • K-12 Administrator 

BIO

Dr. Richard Dinko became an assistant principal at JHS in 2005. As assistant principal he is responsible for student discipline, teacher supervision, curriculum support and other building/district related duties. He coordinates and supervises the math and science department. He serves on the JHS faculty council and district grading/reporting committee, assessment committee and administrative council.

His prior experience includes seven years as a curriculum specialist for the Stark County Educational Service Center, six years as a science teacher and debate coach at Jackson HS, and three years as a science teacher and coach at Canton Central Catholic HS.

As a curriculum specialist, he designed professional development opportunities for teachers in the areas of curriculum development, standards alignment, inquiry, best practices, deepening content knowledge, exemplary instructional materials, constructivist facilitation, data driven decision making and technology integration. He has consulted and served in several Stark County school districts to assist in their curriculum reform efforts. He served as the external chair for local North Central Accreditation reviews. He worked with Lead Teachers from across the county who facilitate Study Groups in their local buildings. He coordinated the Stark County SAMM (Science And Math on the Move) Program which provides training and loans high-tech equipment to teachers for classroom use. He is an active grant writer and was involved in authoring three National Science Foundation (NSF) grants.

Richard was Principal Investigator for a NSF funded LSC grant entitled SATURN (Science and Technology for Understanding, Research, and Networking) Project, Co-PI for a NSF funded MSP grant entitled Stark County Math and Science Partnership (MSP), and Co-PI for a NSF funded GK-12 grant entitled Stark County GK-12 Grant. Combined, these grants provided over 15 million dollars to Stark County Schools for science and math reform efforts.

As a science teacher at JHS he taught chemistry, general science and debate. He was part of the freshman communities, served on continuous improvement teams, and co-chaired North Central Accreditation review. He also coached the debate team. While at CCHS he taught chemistry, physical science and biology. He served on department committees and led internal review of curriculum for North Central Accreditation. He also coached football, track and speech & debate.

Dr. Dinko was awarded his doctorate degree from the University of Akron in 2004. His primary research examined the roles of teacher leaders as change agents in school reform. Other research interests include studying the correlation between professional development and student achievement, the impact of school reform efforts on student attitudes and beliefs, the elements of collaborative culture, and the attitudes and perceptions of individuals involved in shared decision making.

He is active in several professional associations and local volunteer opportunities. He has presented at national conferences and symposiums including the National Science Foundation, National Science Teachers Association, and the National Association of Research in Science Teaching. He serves locally on several boards including the American Cancer Society (Board of Directors- Stark Unit), Botanical Garden Association (Board President), Stark Recycling (Advisory Board), Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO- former District IV Director and Membership Committee Chairperson). He was selected and participated in Leadership Stark County (17th class).

Dr. Dinko resides in Jackson Township with his wife and three children. 

EXPERTISE

Science curriculum and reform, teacher professional development, data-driven decision making, teacher leadership, technology integration, exemplary instructional materials, standards based instruction. 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Khourey-Bowers, C., Dinko, R.L. & Hart, R.G. (2005). Influence of a shared leadership model in creating a school culture of inquiry, collaboration and collegiality. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 42(1), 3-24.

Khourey-Bowers, C. & Dinko, R.L. (2005). Relationship between professional development and student achievement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Dallas, TX.

Dinko, R. (2004). Teacher leadership in science education reform. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association, Atlanta, GA.

Dinko R. (2004). The role of lead teachers in science education reform: An examination of perceptions, implementation, and impact of a shared leadership model. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The University of Akron, Ohio.

Khourey-Bowers, C. & Dinko, R. (2004). Teacher leadership in science education reform. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association, Atlanta, GA.

Khourey-Bowers, C. & Dinko, R. (2004). Relationship between professional development and student achievement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association, Atlanta, GA.

Khourey-Bowers, C. & Dinko, R. (2002). Context beliefs of lead teachers: Implications for secondary science reform. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, New Orleans, LA.

Dinko, R. (2002). The role of lead teachers in secondary science reform. Paper presented at the University of Pennsylvania Urban Ethnography Conference, Philadelphia, PA.