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.
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Argues that teachers and administrators hear plenty of criticism - what they really need are school leaders who can inspire, motivate, and support them.
Asks: what can administrative leaders do to support educators' dreams and nurture their creative visions?
Teaches how to build, implement, and refine a school-based mentoring program, and personalize well-developed mentoring lessons to use with student groups.
Discusses an in-school program that helps keep troubled students focused on classwork.
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 a nontraditional education program where student-selected vocational education and volunteerism is the focus.