When you want different results, you need to think and do things differently. Challenging current pedagogical and instructional leadership practices, we open the doors to a new leadership style that is more culturally relevant, allowing organizations to flourish.
The Agile Evolutionary Group works with learning organizations, non-profits and large private sector industries to identify and implement system changes that will allow these organizations to flourish with the current and future economic demands.
Leaders and teams must look at their organizations differently in today’s volatile markets. We enable leaders to reimagine structures, systems, and cultures for iterative, sustainable innovation and growth. Our disruptive approach cultivates an environment for change.
Michael T. Conner, Ed.D., is the CEO/Founder of the Agile Evolutionary Group. Dr. Conner also served as Superintendent of Schools (Middletown, CT), Chief Academic Officer (Norwalk, CT), Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning (Willimantic, CT) and Principal of Augusta Lewis Troup School(New Haven, CT). He is the creator and architect of the Disruptive Excellence Framework.
Dr. Conner obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/ Humanities from Lasell University. He also received his Master of Science Degree from the University of Bridgeport, Sixth- Year Diploma from Southern Connecticut State University, and Doctorate in Education from Cambridge College. Dr. Conner completed the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Connecticut, the Harvard Superintendents Institute, and the prestigious AASA/Howard University National Urban Superintendents Academy in Washington, D.C. Dr. Conner obtained his Graduate Diploma in Business Analytics from Harvard University and an Advanced Certificate in Management, Innovation, and Technology from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
For his overall efforts, Dr. Conner was recognized by the Network Journal as a “Top 40 Under 40” recipient. He was also recognized by the Connecticut NAACP in 2018 and 2021 (100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut), Middlesex NAACP (Education Award), Eleven28 Entertainment (100 Men of Color Award), Cross Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Rev. George E. Battle Senior Education Award), Middlesex United Way (Community Leadership Award), and DECA Inc. (National Administrator of the Year). Under his leadership, Middletown Public Schools was recognized as a 2018 – 2019 AASA/SPN National Innovation and Transformational District, which only seventeen districts nationally received this distinction. Dr. Conner’s vision and design for the Innovative Lab at Beman Middle School (Middletown, CT) was selected as a New England Finalist for Innovative Space of the Year by Tech and Learning Magazine. Also, Middletown Public Schools received the honor as a 2019 – 2020 and 2020 – 2021 National Innovative District by the International Center for Leadership in Education.
Recently, Middletown Public Schools was selected as a 2021 – 2022 Learning 2025 National Commission Demonstration District by the National School Superintendents Association (AASA). Dr. Conner has been featured in AASA’s School Administrator Magazine for his article entitled What Mentoring Means to a New Superintendent of Color. Middletown Public Schools was featured in Time Magazine in August 2020 and AASA’s School Administrators Magazine in an article written by Dr. Ray McNulty highlighting an innovative blended learning model that underpinned the latest research around personalized learning using artificial intelligence. In the 2020 – 2021 academic year, Middletown High School was chosen as a “Top 40 High School” by the U.S. News and Report. This was the first time in the history of MPS that Middletown High School has been selected for this honor. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Conner was selected by Governor Ned Lamont to serve on the state’s Learn from Home Task Force, which helped distribute materials and technology resources to all districts in Connecticut. Dr. Conner was selected by the National School Superintendents Association (AASA) to serve on the National American Rescue Plan Committee and Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered Equity-Focused Education as a commissioner. His recommendations as a commissioner on the Learning 2025 National Commission are embedded in the landmark report entitled An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools. Dr. Conner serves on several boards and advisory committees such as Lasell University (Board of Trustees), United Way (Board of Directors), COSN (Consortium for School Networking – National Superintendents Advisory Panel), University of Connecticut NEAG Leadership Preparation Advisory Committee, Future Ready Schools (National Future Ready Advisor), LINC (Learning Innovation Catalyst – Advisor), and Quill.org (Board of Directors).
With an objective and visionary mindset we build an agile framework to provide leaders and teams a scientific approach to ground strategy and culture to promote excellence, inclusion, and empowerment for sustainability.
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