D.GREGORY & ASSOCIATES is committed to providing effective professional development that will build local capacity, allowing human and financial resources to be used more effectively. We know that people learn new strategies and techniques and master the art of teaching in many ways. We know that in order for teachers to be their best, an environment of professional learning, modeled by the administration, and supported through institutionalized structures that allow for risk taking and collegial relationships, must be in place. Capacity Building Professional Development promotes these structures, processes and policies while building the leadership of teachers and other teacher leaders.
Professional Development Strategies
Donnell Gregory is the president and founder of D. Gregory & Associates, Inc. Gregory is a former assistant professor at the University of Dayton and Antioch McGregor University (Ohio), where he taught classroom management, diversity, and foundations of education. Prior to his current position, he was an elementary and middle school teacher. He has also served as a clinical supervisor for student teachers in both urban and suburban schools.
As an ASCD Faculty member, Gregory has presented at national and international conferences and provided capacity-building professional development to teachers and leaders in districts throughout the United States. Gregory’s experiences have contributed to his recognition as an expert in developing instructional coaches and supporting teacher leaders as they implement curriculum, assessment, and instructional research-based practices in their classrooms and apply effective professional learning practices to their work.
In addition to providing professional development in his areas of expertise, much of Gregory’s work focuses on maximizing teacher success in working with at-risk populations and providing a holistic approach to educating the whole child. Gregory has published articles on the effect of inequitable funding practices, highlighting how socioeconomic status has a disproportionate influence on educating students who are considered to be in high-risk situations, particularly minority youth.
His expertise also includes working with teachers and education leaders to build programs designed to reach underrepresented K–12 students, identifying and leveraging resources to support educating the whole child, and motivational speaking for high-poverty youth and adult communities.
As a part-time youth commissioner for Dayton, Ohio, Gregory worked with the community to focus on increasing resources for youth development programs targeting high-risk students. He worked to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of existing programs as well as develop new initiatives that had a positive effect on the social-emotional environment and economic conditions of Dayton residents.
Gregory has also served as research assistant with NASA. While there, he worked with the division chief of educational programs and other education specialists to design hands-on activities for the NASA-sponsored Invention of Flight Celebration. He also contributed to other programs that used science, engineering, and mathematics curricula designed by NASA. Gregory was named Outstanding Research Assistant for his work in the program.