Key Contributor: Dr. L. Robert Furman


In his fifth year as principal at South Park Elementary, Robert has served as an educator for 15 years and a principal for a total of five. Robert’s greatest sense of pride derives from his school staff’s willingness to make the necessary changes to help their students. Robert – who promotes literacy in a number of ways, including through technology – focuses on the lifelong benefits of reading. “We are not teaching good reading skills. We are simply teaching enough to win a score on a test,” he warns. One of his biggest goals is to increase reading proficiency to more than 80 percent among his third- and fourth-grade students. Toward that end, Robert has implemented the Accelerated Reader program at South Park. A published author, Robert’s research interests include parental self-efficacy in student academic achievement and use of technology to increase administrative efficiency. He is the author of Reader Leader's Login 4 Leaders column and is also a columnist for The Huffington Post.


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