Respected Visionary Dawson Orr Joins engage2learn

Partners with School Districts to Establish High Performing Cultures

Today, Shannon Buerk, President and Chief Executive Officer of engage2learn, announced Dr. Dawson Orr has joined the organization. Orr will partner with school districts across the nation to design and establish support systems to create high performing cultures.
Due to his depth of knowledge in establishing profoundly effective cultures and support systems, Orr has been tapped to serve as the engage2learn Mesquite ISD Literacy Initiative Lead, which made recent headlines.

“Dawson is a visionary who knows how to put systems in place that directly support the classroom teacher,” Buerk said. “He is one of the most respected educators of our time and an incredible facilitator who truly understands learning. We know our clients will greatly benefit from his experience and thought leadership. We are so excited he has joined the engage2learn team along with his colleagues Jeff Turner and Steve Waddell.”

Additionally, Orr serves as clinical professor and chair of the department of Educational Policy and Leadership at Southern Methodist University. In this role, his focus is preparing and mentoring the next generation of educational leaders.

Prior to joining engage2learn, Orr served as Superintendent of Schools for Highland Park ISD (HPISD) for six years. During his tenure as HPISD Superintendent, one of Orr’s most valuable legacies was the development of the HPISD learner, educator and district for the future profiles.

The learner profile identifies the knowledge, skills and attributes the student must acquire in becoming a productive citizen and lifelong learner. The educator and district profiles create a snapshot of the characteristics, skills and practices that best support the learner for the future. The profiles served as road maps for the district’s work under Orr’s leadership, and they continue to be used today.

Additionally, Orr is one of the founding Superintendents who developed Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas. With more than 25 years experience as Superintendent, he has also served at the helm in Pampa and Wichita Falls ISDs.

As the leader in creating high performing cultures, engage2learn partners with school districts to design a local vision for learning, establish an effective rollout and build sustainable systems that garner high levels of engagement while boosting student achievement. To learn more, visit

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