ConnectEDD was founded by Jimmy Casas and Jeff Zoul, two experienced educators who love to share their experiences with the world through writing. Jimmy maintains one of the most popular educational blogs in America: Passion…Purpose…Pride. Jeff shares his musing on education at his blog, Teach. Learn. Lead. Repeat. In addition, Jeff and Jimmy have co-authored two bestselling educational books with Dr. Todd Whitaker, What Connected Educators Do Differently and Start. Right. Now. – Teach and Lead for Excellence. Jeff has authored or co-authored several other full length books. Other ConnectEDD team members who have written popular books about  variety of educational issues include Tom Murray, Pernille Ripp, Paul Solarz, Dave Burgess, Joe Sanfelippo, and Ken Williams.

Jimmy Casas

Leadership Coach, Author, Speaker

Jimmy's Blog

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.

Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. Jimmy is also the author of three books, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” “Start. Right. Now. – Teach and Lead for Excellence,” and his latest release and best-selling book “Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes.”

Jimmy currently serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching courses in educational leadership. Finally, he is the owner and CEO of J Casas & Associates, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing and providing world class professional learning services for educators across the country.

Dr. Jeff Zoul

Instructional and Leadership Coach, Author, Speaker for Teaching and Learning – Deerfield Public Schools

Jeff's Blog

Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader, currently serving as Instructional and Leadership Coach, Author, Speaker for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to working in this capacity, Jeff served as a district administrator in Rock Island, Illinois, and a school improvement specialist with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit school improvement network. Jeff also served as a principal with Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia, and with North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois.