Robert Dillon

principal , Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School
Saint Louis, MO, United States

About Robert


Phone: 314-568-1256
Twitter: @ideaguy42

Saint Louis University-St. Louis, Missouri
Ed.D Degree-Educational Leadership-August 2000-May 2003
Dissertation: “A Study of the Differences in Perceptions between Teachers and Their Principal Concerning Leadership Style and School Climate.”
Saint Louis University-St. Louis, Missouri
M.A. Degree-Secondary Administration-August 1996-May 1999

Drury College-Springfield, Missouri
B.A. Degree-Secondary Education & Communications-August 1992-May 1996


The Center for Green Schools- Green Classroom Professional Certification
Missouri Superintendent Certificate (K-12)
Missouri Principals Certificate (5-12)


Martin Institute- Summer Conference (TN)- Summer 2012
Changing Mental Models of Education Through Images and Stories
Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals- Spring Conference (MO)- Spring 2012
Telling and Shaping the Story of Your School
National Association of Secondary School Principals- Annual Conference (FL)- Spring 2012
Picture This- How Movies and Television Images of Education Impact Change
Midwest Educational Technology Conference (MO)- Spring 2012
Use E-Portfolio as a Means for Deeper Reflection
Green Schools National Conference (CO)- Spring 2012
Panel on Green Schools and Achievement
Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals- Fall Conference (MO)- Fall 2011
Redefining Success in the Middle School (with students)
Missouri Botanical Gardens Green Schools Conference (MO)- Fall 2011
Sustainability 2.0 Beyond Recycling
Burlington School District (VT)- Fall 2011
Our Journey with Sustainability
EdcampKC (MO)- Fall 2011
Picture This: How Images Impact the Momentum of Change in Education
EdcampBHAM (AL)- Spring 2010
Changing the Image of Schools Through Social Media
National Association of Secondary School Principals- Annual Conference (AZ)- March 2010
Using Standards-Based Grading to Promote Overall Achievement
National Science Teacher Association- Annual Convention (MO)- Fall 2010
Teaching in a Standards-Based Learning Environment
Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals- Fall Conference (MO)- Fall 2010
Leading in a Web 2.0 Environment
National Middle School Conference- (IN)- Fall 2009
Examining Microtrends to Reveal Students’ Needs
Missouri Association for Secondary School Principals- Fall Conference (MO)- Fall 2009
Examining Microtrends to Reveal Students’ Needs
National Association of Secondary School Principals- Annual Conference, (TX)- February 2008
Practical Solutions for Use with the Response to Intervention Model
Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals- Fall Conference (MO)-Fall 2007
Creative, Proactive Programming for Students with Chronic Academic, Behavior Concerns


Principal Leadership Magazine- March 2012
“Picture This”
Principal Leadership Magazine- December 2011
“Sustainable Learning”
Principal Leadership Magazine- September 2011
“Green Time for Screenagers”
American School Board Journal- February 2011
“Comprehensive School Allergy Program for Skills”
Principal Leadership Magazine- October 2010
“Data as a Social Justice Tool”
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development- ASCD Express -October 2009
“The Daily Building Blocks of Successful Leadership”
Principal Leadership Magazine- April 2009
“Reading Microtrends to Reveal Students’ Needs
Principal Leadership Magazine- September 2007
“Removing the Fear of Developing a Culturally Proficient School.”
Principal Leadership Magazine- December 2006
“Helping Students Get Back on Track.”


Saint Louis Secondary School Principals Association- Asst. Principal of the Year- 2007
EduBlogs Awards- Outstanding School Administrator Blog Nominee- 2010


Midwest Educational Technology Conference Steering Committee- 2010-Present
Saint Louis Area Secondary School Principals Executive Committee- 2012-Present
HomeWorks! The Teacher Home Visit Program- Community Action Board- 2010-2012
Saint Louis Childrens’ Hospital- National Food Allergy Board- 2012- Present



Areas of Expertise

Education Leadership and Management

An idea worth spreading

In the next 50 years, the world is destined to be discussing the water, food and energy needs of our planet. In today's schools, there is a lack of conversation surrounding these essential elements. We believe that schools need to foster a sense of stewardship in its students with the same intensity as it is pursuing the scholarship in its classrooms. Students that have a high consciousness surrounding the needs of our planet see the value of leadership and citizenship in our society. Growing these virtues of leadership and citizenship are essental to filling the ideas and thinking vacuum that has infected our local, state, and national governments. To do this, schools need to develop robust programming around sustainability including gardening, growing bees or other animals and second generation recycling efforts.

I'm passionate about

Seeing first generation college students succeed at the university level and return to their communities to contribute to a positive feedback loop for future generations.


Saint Louis University

Talk to me about

There is an incredible need to use ideas from outside of education to improve the work that we do inside and outside the classroom. Lateral capacity building is essential for excellence.

People don't know I'm good at

Seeing the big picture, examining all of the option before problems emerge, and thinking about long-term systemic ways to navigate around issues.

My TED story

Before I was in a healthy learning environment, TED was central to my professional learning network. For me to feel in rhythm with all that surrounds me, I need a constant flow of knowledge and learning. TED has always been there to fill that void. It has been incredible to listen to experts and passionate learners talk about solutions. I maintain that we need more folks thinking about ways to improve our nation and world, and it is clear that TED enhances this world in this way. From having TED talks on the plane, in the car, and during a series of moments of waiting, I have grown in the down times. It has also been great to introduce more and more people to TED. There are still so many people that don't know that TED exists (hard to believe). The first time that I open this door for adults and kids, they too are hooked at the possibility of ideas were sharing.