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Leaders Learning from Leaders Series

April 11th, 2024

Episode 7: A Conversation with Dr. George Fiore

Executive Director, Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in Pennsylvania

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Episode Summary

About Dr. George Fiore

Dr. George F. Fiore is a veteran educational leader with over 25 years of experience. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit in Downingtown, PA, a position he has held since 2019.

Dr. Fiore’s diverse career includes roles as a teacher, dean of students, principal, district superintendent, and the founding headmaster of the highly-regarded Downingtown STEM Academy. He has also been an adjunct professor at Kutztown University, Cabrini College, and Wilkes University, supporting doctoral and educational leadership programs.

Beyond his administrative work, Dr. Fiore is a strong advocate for public education. He is the President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), serves on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, and is the President of the Children’s Fund of Chester County.  He also chairs the Workforce Development Committee as a board member of the Chester County Economic Development Council.

Dr. Fiore’s academic credentials include a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University, a master’s degree from Wilkes University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Kutztown University. He has earned the AASA National Superintendent Certification and holds other leadership certifications.

Dr. Fiore’s expertise extends to publications on educational leadership, with articles featured in the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators’ publications and contributions to local newspapers and academic journals. He is deeply committed to community service through his involvement in various boards and organizations.

Dr. Fiore resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and three school-aged children.

Podcast Summary:

In this episode of the Leaders Learning from Leaders podcast, Dr. George Fiore, the Executive Director of the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in Pennsylvania and the President of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA), shares insights into the role of intermediate units in Pennsylvania’s education system and the challenges and opportunities facing school leaders.

Dr. Fiore discusses the evolution of Intermediate Units in Pennsylvania, which provide various services to school districts, including special education, virtual learning, executive searches, and technical college high schools. He emphasizes the importance of being proactive in addressing challenges such as the politicization of education, mental health issues, and the recruitment of quality teachers.

As a lead learner, Dr. Fiore emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and adaptation in education, particularly in leveraging emerging technologies like AI to improve efficiency and effectiveness. He discusses the role of current superintendents in mentoring and developing future leaders to ensure the profession’s sustainability.

Topics Covered:

  1. Introduction to Intermediate Units: Dr. Fiore explains the role of intermediate units in Pennsylvania’s education system, including the range of services they provide to school districts.
  2. Challenges Facing School Leaders: Dr. Fiore highlights key challenges such as the politicization of education, mental health issues among students and staff, and the recruitment of quality teachers.
  3. Role of Superintendents: Dr. Fiore discusses the importance of superintendents as lead learners and mentors in developing future leaders and addressing emerging challenges in education.
  4. Leveraging AI in Education: Dr. Fiore explores the potential of AI to enhance teaching and learning experiences, improve efficiency, and address complex educational issues.
  5. Developing Future Leaders: Dr. Fiore emphasizes the responsibility of current school leaders to mentor and develop future leaders to ensure the sustainability of the education profession.

Overall, the episode provides valuable insights into the evolving landscape of education leadership and the strategies needed to navigate challenges and embrace opportunities for innovation and improvement. Dr. Fiore welcomes education leaders to reach him directly via email at georgef@cciu.org.

Episode Highlights

 

Being a Leader

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Using AI Strategically

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