March 17th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

MeMy name is Dennis Harter (dharter to everyone on the web) and I’m in my first year as the High School Principal at The American International School – Vienna in Austria.

I am in my 21st year as an educator at international schools – 8 years as a middle and high school math teacher, 8 years as a middle school and high school technology and learning coordinator, and 3 years as a HS Vice Principal. I’ve worked in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. I have a personal interest in international school education, as I also attended international schools for most of my K-12 schooling.

I began blogging about education in January 2007 at Blogger under the un-inventive title of “Harter Learning”, but moved everything over to Edublogs and “Thinking Allowed” in March 2007.  Finally, ready to venture out on my own and learn more, I started my own domain with a re-titled blog, “Building Understanding”,  in August 2009.

I continue to consider education and the role technology plays in enhancing student learning.  Additionally, with the pace of change in the world now thanks in part to technological growth and a “flattening” of the planet, I am very concerned with how educators will answer our obligation to ensure that learners are prepared for success in this ever-evolving world.  With my growing role in school leadership, my thoughts often center around the role educational leaders play in shaping a viable, practical, and responsible curriculum for today’s learners and tomorrow’s adults – so that they can succeed in ensuring a world that celebrates diversity, promotes tolerance, preserves the Earth, and furthers the potential of all of us.

Ultimately, we need to Build Understanding in each and every one of us – in the classroom, in our heads, and in our hearts.

  1. Melanie Pullen Cottrell
    January 17th, 2009 at 02:41 | #1

    Dennis, it’s a voice from your past saying hello! A friend emailed me an article of interest and imagine my surprise when it was written by you!!! As luck would have it, Gregg and I are looking to go overseas again and ISB is of high interest to us. I’d love it if you would contact me by email. Your familiy looks awesome- there is just so much to catch up on…


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