Dennis Sparks is currently the Executive Director of the 8,000-member National Staff Development Council. Prior to this position, he served as an independent educational consultant and as the Director of the Northwest Staff Development Center, a state and federally-funded teacher center located in Livonia, Michigan. Dr. Sparks has also been a teacher, counselor, and co-director of an alternative high school. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1976, and has taught at several universities.
Dennis Sparks has conducted workshops from coast to coast on topics such staff development, effective teaching, and teacher stress and burnout. He is Executive Editor of The Journal of Staff Development and has written articles that have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Educational Leadership and Phi Delta Kappan.
Dr. Sparks is co-author with Stephanie Hirsh of A New Vision for Staff Development, co-published by ASCD and NSDC. In addition, he has participated in numerous radio and television programs, and was a guest on the Public Broadcasting System's MacNeil/Lehrer Report.