Dominique Smith is a social worker, school administrator, mentor, national trainer for the International Institute on Restorative Practices, member of ASCD’s FIT Teaching (Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching®) Cadre and Corwin’s Visible Learning for Literacy Cadre. He is passionate about creating school cultures that honor students and build their confidence and competence. He is the winner of the National School Safety Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council.
Smith's major area of research and instruction focuses on restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset, and the culture of achievement. In addition to his school leadership responsibilities, he provides professional learning to K–12 teachers in groups large and small on many topics that address classroom and school climate and organization. He is a regular presenter at many conferences, including ASCD’s annual conference.
He is the coauthor of the ASCD book Better than Carrots and Sticks: Restorative practices for positive classroom management and has written articles for Principal Leadership and School Leadership.
Smith earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California and is a doctoral student in educational leadership at San Diego State University.