Dave Marken, Ed.D.
Dr. Dave Marken’s extensive teaching career began in West Contra Costa County (formerly Richmond Unified) at both Richmond High School and John F. Kennedy High School. In addition, he was a teacher at Martin Luther King Middle School in San Francisco and spent several years at Jefferson High School in Daly City.
Desiring to contribute in an expanded manner, Dave began his administrative experience opening a new high school in the Liberty Union High School District while simultaneously starting his doctoral program in Educational Leadership. He then moved to Dublin Unified School District, where for the last thirteen years he held several different positions. He was an assistant principal, a high school principal, senior director of Student Services and alternative programs, an assistant superintendent of Educational Services and assistant superintendent of Human Resources. Dave earned his doctorate from the University of LaVerne in 2000.
Dave was the first from his family to attend and graduate from college and instilled the value of education to his children. His wife, Virginia, is a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) for Kaiser Permanente. They currently reside in San Francisco. Dr. Marken has three children, all grown, Jessica, M.A. Boston University, Krista, B.A. University of Washington, and Evan, J.D., a recent graduate from Gonzaga Law School.
Dr. Marken is a certified LEAD Coach with the New Teacher Center at U.C. Santa Cruz. Dave has mentored and coached administrators, who, upon completion of their coaching may apply for their Tier II Administrative Credential. Dave believes coaching is crucial to the ongoing development of Newark’s instructional leaders to attain student success.
As a passionate advocate for students, he credits much of his educational philosophy and beliefs most recently to:
- Rick and Becky Dufour, Anthony Muhammad and Professional Learning Communities for providing a framework for our goal to improve student learning.
- Dr. Sharroky Hollie and the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning for clear and practical classroom strategies to assist our underserved students in their educational advancement.
- ACCLAIM, Alameda County Office of Education math staff developers for their clearly articulated K-12 Math instruction and support to all elementary and secondary Math Teachers.
Finally, some of these educators who continue to instill in Dr. Marken the desire to be a life-long learner and have helped to shape his thinking:
- Doug Reeves, The Leadership and Learning Center
- Bob Marzano, Marzano Research Laboratory
- Michael Fullan, Leading in a Culture of Change
- Mike Schomoker, School and District Improvement, Assessment, Curriculum and Staff Development Consultation
- Bill Daggett, International Center for Leadership in Education
- Ray McNulty, International Center for Leadership in Education
- Russlynn Ali, former Director of Education Trust West
Dr. Marken looks forward to working together with the Newark community, teachers, classified staff and administrators to improve student learning.
Dave is unwavering in his belief that ALL students, including students of color, English Language Learners and students in poverty are provided equal access, high expectations, and have literacy skills to succeed in school and be prepared for college and career.
As we start our new year, I am reminded of our one goal: Student Learning.
Newark Unified School District's theme and focus is on student learning. From that, we will not waiver. In my six months in Newark Unified School District, I have found an amazing group of dedicated educators who believe not only in the potential of every child, but act on that belief.
Starting in the fall with "Back to School" nights, I was pleased to see the support and interest in our schools.
I have been able to meet students, visit with many teachers and our maintenance/custodial and central office staff. I believe we are on our way to provide 21st Century learning to all our students.
The Newark Community is an extraordinary place to work, play, raise a family, and educate our children. I could not ask for a better place to serve.
Our students deserve the best educational program and facilities.
I feel welcome here! Thank you for your support, even in this excruciatingly difficult financial down turn.