AUTHORS

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. In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat, Finally, Jimmy is the co-author of the book, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” and “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.

Jimmy is currently a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education, serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching courses in educational leadership, and is a member of the Professional Development Faculty for NASSP; the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Finally, he is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectEDD, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing world class professional learning conferences and professional development 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.