Dr. Stefani Arzonetti Hite
Dr. Stefani Arzonetti Hite is a graduate of the American School in London, Tufts University, and the University of Pennsylvania. After a decade working in the marketing industry, she changed careers to become an educator, pursuing an MSEd with Penn’s Project START (Student Teachers as Researching Teachers). After several years in the classroom, Stef returned to Penn’s Educational Leadership program to complete doctoral work which involved researching program implementation. Drawing heavily on the Rand research of the 1970s, her dissertation highlights critical conditions for the success of improvement and change initiatives.
Stef’s wide-ranging career began as a drawing-board (pre-digital) marketing designer. She eventually became an award-winning art director, developing unique approaches to marketing by harnessing new possibilities offered by emerging technology solutions in the industry. After changing careers, she taught students from age 5 to 75, became a central office administrator, and headed up an international school in the UK. In 2009, Stef began to design and facilitate professional learning and systemic redesign for a range of organizations. She now works worldwide on process improvement and change initiatives. Stef’s customized support enables groups to collaborate and build team capacity to address both small and large-scale needs.
On a personal note, Stef’s passion is travel. She serves as the Director of Education for Small World Travel (an affiliate of Brownell) to design meaningful learning experiences for clients using their travel itineraries as the basis for exploration. Stef and her educator husband have designed and implemented a wide variety of student travel and exchange programs since 2003, believing that immersive cultural experiences are a life-changing opportunities for all ages.
In these complex times, communities, organizations, and people need support to become resilient and innovative. Stef’s experience in guiding groups to learn their way through complex problems directly impacts their ability to build collective efficacy, the key to innovation and continuous improvement.
July 2019 Theory of Teacher Change, First Education Resources
(co-authored with Jenni Donohoo)
June 2019 Building Collective Efficacy by Opening Classroom Doors, Tigris Solutions
January 2019, Opening Classroom Doors Shifts Power Dynamics in School Improvement Efforts, NJEA Review (co-authored with Amanda Adams)
January 2017, I’m Not In the Answer Business, DVMSC News
(co-authored with Gary Hite)
May 2016, Intentional and Targeted Teaching: A Framework for Teacher Growth and Leadership. Alexandria, VA: ASCD (co-authored with Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey)
April 2015, Summative Evaluation: Greater Than the Sum of its Parts, NJEA Review, p. 39
November 2014, Using the FIT Teaching Framework, Alexandria, VA: ASCD white paper
November 2014, Take Ownership of Your Observations, NJEA Review, p. 47
October 2011, A Thousand Cups of Tea, essay appearing in A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time, Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing (edited by Katrina Munichielo)
January 2005, Are We There Yet?, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Doctoral Dissertation
DEGREES AND CERTIFCATIONS:
2019 Trauma Informed ACE Interface Trainer
2019 IDEO Foundations in Design Thinking
2018 Lean Six Sigma, Yellow Belt
2005 University of Pennsylvania, EdD
Leadership: Teaching, Learning, Curriculum
2004 St. Joseph's University,
Curriculum and Instruction Certificate
1995 University of Pennsylvania, MSEd
Research in Teaching and Learning
1984 Tufts University, BA