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Hello! My name is Dr. Joseph Ferguson

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Dr. Joseph Ferguson

Doctor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Phone:

(512) 940-7988

Email:

Address:

394 Rio Bonito, Robinson TX, 76706

I am a loving and caring father, human being, and life educator who is also a passionate servant leader. Those who have come into contact with me would call me a natural-born facilitator, innovator, collaborator, and energetic public speaker. I believe in being a dedicated team member who should be driven by research and practicum experiences, innovation, versatility, and superb communication. Throughout my whole career, I had and continue to have a proven track record of consistent career improvements. Furthermore, my educational and teaching philosophy encompasses and empowers all stakeholders, fostering a positive, inclusive, productive, and collaborative culture, as well as maintaining an exceptional environment conducive to learning and self-growth. I love helping and teaching others how to be better professionals and human beings and how to lead more efficient and effective lives. 

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EDUCATION

EDUCATION

2018-2019

Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

Post-Doctoral: Superintendent Certification

2013-2016

Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

Doctor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

2011-2012

Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

Masters of Education in Educational Administration, Instructional Technology

2001-2004

Baylor University, Waco, TX

Bachelor of Science in Education

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

SKILLS

Texas Educators Certificate: Superintendent

6/11/2019 - 8/31/2024

Texas Educators Certificate:

EC-12 Principal

11/15/2012 - 8/31/2024

Texas Educators Certificate:

Composite Social Studies, 8-12

2/1/2006 - 8/31/2024

Google Certified Trainer:

Renew Annually

2018-current

EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE

2023-CURRENT

Tarleton State University

University Internship Supervisor

  • Taught and guided interns on mastering classroom management techniques and maintaining an organized and conducive learning environment.

  • Modeled, guided, and diversified all interns’ abilities to develop a plan and deliver effective lessons aligned with curriculum standards and student needs.

  • Facilitated and guided intern learning on how to differentiate instruction to meet the diverse learning needs of students, including those with special needs or English language learners.

  • Mentored and fostered interns' growth to become proficient in assessing student progress and providing constructive feedback to promote growth.

  • Created opportunities and suggestions for interns to collaborate with other educators, parents, and support staff to create a well-rounded student educational experience.

  • Coached interns to a point to where they could demonstrate adaptability and problem-solving skills to address unexpected challenges in the classroom.

  • Fostered interns’ abilities to engage in reflective practice, continuously assessing and improving their teaching methods.

  • Guided interns toward developing cultural competence, valuing diversity, and fostering an inclusive classroom environment.

  • Reinforced the expectation that interns exhibit professionalism in their interactions with students, colleagues, and parents.

  • Discussed and reinforced ethical standards, teaching them to uphold ethical standards in education, ensuring fairness, honesty, and integrity.

  • Encouraged and demonstrated ways to integrate technology effectively into their teaching to enhance student learning.

  • Helped interns refine their communication skills, both written and verbal, to convey ideas clearly and professionally.

  • Guided interns’ leadership and advocacy skills cultivated leadership skills and the ability to advocate for students' needs within the educational system.

  • Asked many thought-provoking questions to engage interns in self-evaluation, goal-setting, and fostered continuous professional growth.

2023-CURRENT

College Adjunct Professor

DALLAS COLLEGE

  • Ensured students had a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of teaching, including pedagogical theories and classroom management techniques.

  • Improved students' communication skills, both verbal and written, as effective communication is vital in the classroom.

  • Promoted cultural competence and awareness among students, enabling them to create inclusive and diverse learning environments.

  • Provided opportunities for students to observe experienced teachers in action, helping them gain practical insights into teaching methods.

  • Developed the ability to create comprehensive and engaging lesson plans tailored to the needs of diverse student populations.

  • Taught students how to design and implement effective assessment strategies to evaluate student learning and adjust teaching methods accordingly.

  • Equipped students with strategies for teaching students with diverse needs and abilities, fostering an inclusive classroom environment.

  • Enabled students to understand and work with Individualized Education Plans for students with special needs.

  • Provided effective behavior management techniques, ensuring a positive and conducive learning environment for all students.

  • Encouraged collaboration between future teachers and special education specialists to benefit students with special needs.

  • Empowered students to advocate for the rights and needs of students with disabilities within the educational system.

  • Taught students how to adapt assessments to accommodate the unique needs of students with disabilities while maintaining learning objectives.

2020-CURRENT

EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT

  • Led, collaborate, designed and built virtual learning systems and structures to not just increase best-learning practices for 21st century learning, but also helped make learning more accessible

  • Shadowed and mentored administrators (Superintendents, Asst. Superintendents, Principals, Asst. Principals), coaching them on best leadership practices 

  • Fully evaluated special programs, ensuring alignment and compliance which helped identify students who were not identified, as well as ensuring the district was meeting all special program laws 

  • Developed curriculum rollout and surveys to improve efficiency to all stakeholders, which created constructive feedback and  buy-in

  • Audited graduation plans and developed MOUs for districts 

  • Consulted with districts on hiring and evaluated current practices 

  • Disaggregated data and facilitated collaborative discussions 

  • Analyzed current district and school level policies and practices, recommending an altered version that represents best classroom pedagogy practices with a student-centered focus 

  • Researched legality issues and looked for efficiency issues 

  • Trained and mentored staff on best instructional practices 

  • Analyzed current at-risk data and plans, recommending and reconfiguring plans to increase at-risk success rates

  • Collaborated with districts on creating a successful inclusion program 

  • Created and developed a new CTE program and pathways, while also conducting CTE coaching sessions

  • Created the nation’s leading program in attendance, engagement, funding, and teachers using PBL. 

  • Guest spoke at national meetings for districts and centers about best practices 

  • Created and facilitated professional developments for administrators and teachers 

  • Conducted weekly walkthroughs and coached on Tier 1, 2, and 3 instruction

2023-CURRENT

AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

College Adjunct Professor

  • Developed and taught courses on learning theories, cognitive improvement, skill development, transformational thinking, and various motivations for personal success.

  • Utilized various best practice learning methods, including but not limited to various lecture practices, group discussion provocations, cooperative learning, experiential learning, exploratory learning, and scenario-based learning. 

  • Assessed student learning and understanding through written assignments, projects, collaborative projects, discussions, and oral presentations, increasing student growth and self-efficacy.

  • Provided individualized feedback and guidance to students to help them improve their learning strategies and performance. 

  • Facilitated student thought and self-analysis of current learning skills, practices, and needs assessment, helping them to identify their goals,  current skill-set, strengths, and weaknesses as strategic learners, setting personal goals of improvement for each to increase self-confidence, intrinsic motivation, and overall success.

  • Utilized theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation to teach students college-level student academic strategies, which increased higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills for students.

  • Created and implemented a comprehensive curriculum that incorporated the latest research in the field of learning and cognition. 

  • Developed and incorporated activities involving higher-order learning, higher-order thinking, multi-tiered learning, interpersonal development projects, career-driven research, personal and college skill building, and group discussions into course curriculum.

  • Developed and implemented supplemental course materials such as interactive handouts, professor videos, research quests, discussion topics, discussion questions, and slide decks to further enhance student learning and understanding of tasks and learning outcomes.

  • Assisted students in developing their academic and professional goals and provided guidance on how to achieve them.

  • Facilitated student success with ongoing support and mentoring through regular meetings with students to assess their progress, as well as provide feedback. 

  • Designed and Developed a course through the Online Course Redesign Academy (OCRA).

  • Served on the Student Development Task Force with ACC.

2023-CURRENT

College Adjunct Professor

WALDEN UNIVERSITY

  • Taught graduate students how to develop appropriate learning objectives and outcomes for standards-based learning experiences.

  • Facilitated discussions and exercises on integrating research-based teaching practices and technology for data-driven instruction.

  • Guided students in understanding and applying differentiated instruction techniques to meet diverse student needs.

  • Encouraged the use of digital tools and technologies to support varied learning preferences and abilities.

  • Instructed on the design process for creating effective and engaging learning experiences.

  • Demonstrated the importance of data-driven decisions in the instructional design phase.

  • Introduced graduate students to contemporary instructional models suitable for digital-age learners.

  • Emphasized the application of research-based teaching methods within these models.

  • Trained students to assess content and learning materials for alignment with learning objectives and standards.

  • Showed how to use data to inform content selection and adaptation.

  • Educated students on designing assessments that accommodate diverse learners.

  • Showcased the role of data in tailoring assessments to individual student needs.

  • Equipped students with research-based teaching practices and strategies.

  • Encouraged the use of technology and data-driven decisions to implement effective teaching methods.

  • Provided a comprehensive overview of the course content and its practical application in the field.

  • Encouraged graduate students to reflect on their learning and adapt instructional practices based on data-driven decisions.

2020-CURRENT

EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT

FREELANCE EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT

  • Led, collaborate, designed and built virtual learning systems and structures to not just increase best-learning practices for 21st century learning, but also helped make learning more accessible

  • Shadowed and mentored administrators (Superintendents, Asst. Superintendents, Principals, Asst. Principals), coaching them on best leadership practices 

  • Fully evaluated special programs, ensuring alignment and compliance which helped identify students who were not identified, as well as ensuring the district was meeting all special program laws 

  • Developed curriculum rollout and surveys to improve efficiency to all stakeholders, which created constructive feedback and  buy-in

  • Audited graduation plans and developed MOUs for districts 

  • Consulted with districts on hiring and evaluated current practices 

  • Disaggregated data and facilitated collaborative discussions 

  • Analyzed current district and school level policies and practices, recommending an altered version that represents best classroom pedagogy practices with a student-centered focus 

  • Researched legality issues and looked for efficiency issues 

  • Trained and mentored staff on best instructional practices 

  • Analyzed current at-risk data and plans, recommending and reconfiguring plans to increase at-risk success rates

  • Collaborated with districts on creating a successful inclusion program 

  • Created and developed a new CTE program and pathways, while also conducting CTE coaching sessions

  • Created the nation’s leading program in attendance, engagement, funding, and teachers using PBL. 

  • Guest spoke at national meetings for districts and centers about best practices 

  • Created and facilitated professional developments for administrators and teachers 

  • Conducted weekly walkthroughs and coached on Tier 1, 2, and 3 instruction

2023-CURRENT

MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

College Adjunct Professor

  • Enhanced students' ability to understand complex texts across various subjects.

  • Developed students' writing proficiency, enabling them to articulate ideas clearly and persuasively.

  • Fostered critical thinking skills by having them analyze and evaluate arguments and evidence within written materials.

  • Taught students to conduct research effectively, locate credible sources, and integrate them into their writing.

  • Ensured students had a strong grasp of grammar, punctuation, and language conventions.

  • Equipped students with the ability to express themselves effectively in writing and verbally.

  • Trained students on the art of essay writing, including structuring essays logically and coherently.

  • Enabled students to write analytically, dissecting complex topics and providing well-reasoned arguments.

  • Taught students the importance of revising and editing their work for clarity and accuracy.

  • Boosted students' self-confidence in their reading and writing abilities, preparing them for success in future courses and careers.

2021-CURRENT

Research Consultant

FREELANCE RESEARCHER

  • Helped develop and design outlines and templates for college students (undergrad, grad, doctoral), researchers, educational institutions, and other agencies to guide and narrow their research practices and focus

  • Narrowed focus of topic for individuals needing help or guidance on their topic of passion for research by dissecting their current ideas so we can explore their topic in more detail, better determining a specific direction of the paper

  • Worked through the development of research questions coinciding with research topics

  • Searched for reliable published and credible sources of research and studies for individuals to help conduct their research

  • Edited and proofread sections, as well as whole research papers of approximately 73 clients

  • Conducted plagiarism analysis to ensure the reliability and legality of sources to ensure validity of the information, making the research paper credible due to its validity of source arguments, as well as ensuring true scholarly writing 

  • Coached over 45 clients on talking points for various research presentations, including but not limited to Thesis Defense, Dissertation Defense, conferences, and workshops, increasing their strong social presence, performance, and self-confidence in front of their audience

  • Facilitated research collaboration between clients working together jointly to increase understanding, cohesion and efficiency

  • Helped develop foundational research questions, making sure they aligned with the research topic 

  • Guided clients on quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, determining which method was best for their research topic

  • Disaggregated analytical data with clients to help them better understand trends and outcomes

  • Depending on the outcome of the data, clients would be advised on what alterations need to be made to help get the data they are looking for, but making sure not to skew the data

2020-CURRENT

Educational Consultant

FREELANCE EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT

  • Led, collaborate, designed and built virtual learning systems and structures to not just increase best-learning practices for 21st century learning, but also helped make learning more accessible

  • Shadowed and mentored administrators (Superintendents, Asst. Superintendents, Principals, Asst. Principals), coaching them on best leadership practices 

  • Fully evaluated special programs, ensuring alignment and compliance which helped identify students who were not identified, as well as ensuring the district was meeting all special program laws 

  • Developed curriculum rollout and surveys to improve efficiency to all stakeholders, which created constructive feedback and  buy-in

  • Audited graduation plans and developed MOUs for districts 

  • Consulted with districts on hiring and evaluated current practices 

  • Disaggregated data and facilitated collaborative discussions 

  • Analyzed current district and school level policies and practices, recommending an altered version that represents best classroom pedagogy practices with a student-centered focus 

  • Researched legality issues and looked for efficiency issues 

  • Trained and mentored staff on best instructional practices 

  • Analyzed current at-risk data and plans, recommending and reconfiguring plans to increase at-risk success rates

  • Collaborated with districts on creating a successful inclusion program 

  • Created and developed a new CTE program and pathways, while also conducting CTE coaching sessions

  • Created the nation’s leading program in attendance, engagement, funding, and teachers using PBL. 

  • Guest spoke at national meetings for districts and centers about best practices 

  • Created and facilitated professional developments for administrators and teachers 

  • Conducted weekly walkthroughs and coached on Tier 1, 2, and 3 instruction

FOR MORE EXPERIENCE INFO, PLEASE DOWNLOAD CV 

PUBLICATIONS

PUBLICTIONS

MASTERING THE LEARNING LEADER

EFFECTIVE PRACTICES AND BELIEFS OF PRINCIPALS IN HIGH-PERFORMING TITLE I MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN TEXAS

Ferguson, J. (2022). Mastering the Learning Leader. Texas Study of Secondary Education, 32(1), 16-22.

Ferguson, J. (2016). Effective practices and beliefs of principals in high-performing Title I middle schools in Texas [Doctoral Dissertation, Lamar University]. ProQuest 978-1-3697-7069-8

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

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