Benigni is an experienced K-12 public educator who has led schools and a school system to increased student growth through collaboration and innovation. He was recently recognized as a 2015 Education Week Leaders to Learn From. He has served as Mayor of the City of Meriden for four terms, as well as a city-wide city councilor for four years. In addition, he served on the Education Cost Sharing Task Force for the State of Connecticut, co-chairs the Connecticut Association of Urban Superintendents, and is the chair of the State Education Resource Center.
States unequivocally that, in our push for academic excellence, we must not take the heart and soul out of our schools.
Discusses a nontraditional education program where student-selected vocational education and volunteerism is the focus.
Highlights how a discussion of equity begins with understanding how equity is different from equality and fairness; student support networks ensure that efforts to teach continue until students learn.
Discusses an in-school program that helps keep troubled students focused on classwork.
Teaches how to build, implement, and refine a school-based mentoring program, and personalize well-developed mentoring lessons to use with student groups.
Asks: what can administrative leaders do to support educators' dreams and nurture their creative visions?
Argues that teachers and administrators hear plenty of criticism - what they really need are school leaders who can inspire, motivate, and support them.