Michael McDowell, Ed.D. has been a public school educator for over eighteen years serving in the roles of classroom teacher, academic and athletic coach, school principal, assistant superintendent of personnel and instruction, and superintendent. During his tenure as a superintendent, his school district received state and national accolades including the National Blue Ribbon Award which recognized their work for student performance and mental health and well-being in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic by the U.S. Department of Education.
Prior to serving as a superintendent, he served as an associate superintendent of instructional and personnel services and as a high school principal of a Title I and California Distinguished School. Before entering administration, Dr. McDowell was a leadership and instructional coach consulting with schools, districts, higher educational institutions, and state departments on educational leadership, teaching leadership, and instruction. Additionally, Dr. McDowell has five years of teaching experience in middle and high school science and mathematics. Dr. McDowell is the Chair to the Advisory Board of 1% for Education, a non-profit serving to allocate funding for public education. Moreover, Dr. McDowell continues to teach students and work in his community to enhance public education. Previously, Dr. McDowell was a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute of Education and an advisor to educational organizations focused on equity, excellence, and innovation. His practical expertise in schools and systems is complimented by his scholarly approach to leadership, learning, and instruction. He holds a B.S., M.A. and Ed.D
Dr. McDowell is the creator and author of all published works and original professional development programs offered through Hinge Education that support professional learning in educational systems around the world.