School Leadership Association Hires Former Skiatook Principal
Jul 20, 2017
Oklahoma City, OK – The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) has hired William Parker to lead two of its five education leadership associations, according to Dr. Pam Deering, CCOSA executive director.
Parker will serve as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP) and the Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association (OMLEA). A former Skiatook High School principal, Parker will serve school leaders across the state through professional development, advocacy and membership support.
“We are thrilled to have Will on our staff at CCOSA because he is a tireless advocate for students and our public schools,” said Deering. “As an author, speaker and award-winning former principal Will offers our members a tremendous resource on school leadership.”
An Oklahoma educator since 1993, Will was named Broken Arrow Public School’s South Intermediate High School Teacher of the Year in 1998. He became an assistant principal in 2004. A member of the National Association of Secondary Principals, Parker was named the 2012 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year. As principal of a Title I school, his school’s innovative approaches to collaboration, remediation and mentoring resulted in marked improvements in student performance.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled at the opportunity to serve full-time with an organization so committed to strong leadership support for Oklahoma schools,” Parker said. “I am honored to be able to work alongside CCOSA’s award-winning executive team and staff. And it’s an amazing privilege to partner with such committed administrators and members across our entire state—all of whom are unified around the goal of better serving school communities.”
As a high school teacher, he taught language arts, creative writing, and Advanced Placement English. He has also taught writing in summer student academies through Oklahoma State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he has taught adult education courses through Tulsa Technology Center.
Parker is the author of Principal Matters: The Motivation, Action, Courage, and Teamwork Needed for School Leaders. His second book, Messaging Matters: How to Inspire Students, Motivate Teachers, and Reach Communities, will be published by Solution Tree Press in August 2017.
Parker hosts a weekly podcast called Principal Matters and writes a weekly blog that he shares on his website www.williamdparker.com. He is also a contributing author on ConnectedPrincipals.com, and a guest blogger for the National Association of Secondary Principals. He also hosts monthly webinars for his state’s principal association members where he shares innovative ideas for growing in school leadership.
CCOSA's mission is to promote quality administrative leadership for Oklahoma schools through professional development, legislation, and member services. For more information visit www.ccosa.org.