Joe DiMartino

Joe DiMartino is founder and president of the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR), which builds on work started at Brown University. CSSR provides groundbreaking technical assistance to numerous districts and schools that are seeking to personalize learning for adolescents. CSSR is also the primary TA provider for the Springdale, Arkansas Race to the Top-District competition to increase personalized learning district wide and the New England Network for Personalization and Performance Assessment (NENPP). NENPP includes 13 high schools in four New England states and was awarded an i3 grant to assist schools to move toward performance assessment. Both of these projects include a move away from seat time to competency for earning course credit. 

In addition to numerous published articles, Joe has co-authored two books: Personalizing the High School Experience for Each Student and the Facilitator’s Guide for High Schools at Work: Creating Student Centered Learning. He also co-edited Personalized Learning: Preparing High School Students to Create their Futures and The Personalized High School: Making Learning Count for Adolescents. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a master’s degree in special education and counseling from Rhode Island College, and has completed all the coursework for a doctorate in culturally responsive education from Brown University. 

Center for Secondary School Redesign