Dennis Parker retired in 2000 from the California Department of
Education after 20 years of service and in 2001 from UCLA after
after almost 6 years as a faculty member of UCLA’s School
Management Program (SMP). He now consults independently under the
auspices of Best Practices in Education.
He brings a broad range of field experiences as a high school and
college teacher, elementary resource teacher, district bilingual
program director, and pre-school principal. He has consulted for
schools and districts all over the US.
In addition, he holds credentials for teaching, administration,
and bilingual-crosscultural education as well as a Master’s
degree in Applied Linguistics and graduate work in Multicultural
For 20 years, he served as both consultant and administrator at
the California Department of Education. There he worked on
initiatives related to bilingual education, the School
Improvement Program, Reading / Language Arts, school coaching,
Title I, and programs related to low-performing schools.
Since 2000, he has worked in California and other states to
successfully translate his Strategic Schooling theory and
research into dramatic academic gains for the most struggling
students, teachers, schools, and districts.