SHP Student Voice



Anthony G. Smith is Superintendent of the Winton Woods City School District with 38 years of educational experience, including that of teacher, counselor, and administrator. In 2001, Mr. Smith became principal of the Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School, which, at that time, had an 18% school graduation rate and was considered one of the worst schools in Cincinnati. By 2011 under Anthony G. Smith’s leadership, the graduation rate had increased to 95%, earning the school the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award. Mr. Smith was then promoted to Assistant Superintendent at Cincinnati Public Schools before coming to Winton Woods in 2013. The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Smith has been named the ABC Person of the Week and has appeared on World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.
Steve K. Denny is the Executive Director of Business Affairs for the Winton Woods City School District located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Winton Woods City Schools is a K-12 New Tech Network school system, one of the few in the nation with this K-12 distinction. Mr. Denny has been in education for 24 years and has been a high school and middle school math teacher, coach and assistant principal and served for four years as an elementary principal. He has been in his current district leadership role for seven years.
Jeff Parker is the Director of Educational Visioning at SHP and Governor of Ohio for A4LE Jeff Parker, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP, is an expert at helping school districts create future-focused learning environments. In addition to his design work, his experience includes educational visioning, master planning, and programming of numerous educational building programs. He is known for developing designs that meet a school’s educational vision for the future. Jeff is a frequent speaker on these topics and recently addressed audiences at the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Annual Conference and at EdSpaces. Jeff was also recently elected as the Association for Learning Environment’s Ohio region Governor.



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SHP has developed an Educational Visioning process to help guide the conversation about the future of learning. Our four-step process can be used for new or renovated learning environments. It combines upfront, online guided activities with a series of group-work sessions designed to your community’s schedule, with community support and involvement as a cornerstone of any successful plan.

Discover     We begin the process by sharing links of articles, research and videos highlighting shifts and trends in education, changing technologies and alternate pedagogies. This information is designed to allow your community to think about what the future could be.

Inform   The Inform session begins with a comprehensive snapshot that discusses your successes, challenges, curriculum, finance and State/Federal requirements. The results of the survey are reviewed, focusing on the areas where the greatest transformation is desired.

Define / Refine  This segment walks the team through a series of steps to help visualize learning environments that support the shifts and values identified in the first phase–Discover. In this phase each group develops a solution that best suits the unique learning needs of your students.

Vision  The final presentation showcases the primary shifts and guiding values required to produce the learning environment that best responds to the future needs and desires of your community.