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Amanda Bastoni

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Educational Research Scientist

Before working at CAST, Amanda was an accomplished Career and Technical Education (CTE) director and teacher with 20+ years of experience in K-12 Educational Leadership, journalism, and business. She has a proven record of achievement including being named the 2019 NH CTE Leader of the Year. During her time in education, Amanda has focused on increasing equity and access for special populations in CTE. Specifically, she sought to use UDL to increase pathways for English Language Learners and females interested in exploring STEM Careers. Amanda helped start innovative cross-disciplinary programs including Robot Algebra, a course that combines math and technology, and Drones in Technology, a course that combines art and technology.  Amanda has been selected to sit on numerous education boards including the National Auto Dealers Association Education Board for N.H. Amanda has written articles for local, regional, and national publications, and in 2020 her first co-authored book will be published through Rowman and Littlefield Inc.

Inspiration

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

I am inspired by people who dig deep, dare greatly, and have the courage to challenge the status quo. I consider myself a “change agent.” My favorite authors include Maya Angelou, Viktor Frankl, Malcom Gladwell, Mary Oliver, Nick Offerman, and Langston Hughes.

Education

Ed.D., New England College
MFA, Antioch University
BA, Keene State College

Selected Presentations

Expanding the Definition of Family | TEDxKeene 2018

Selected Publications

Co-Author, From the Inside-Out: Concrete Steps to Transforming Education Today, Rowman and Littlefield Inc. (Release Date: 2020).

CTE: Preventing Dropouts, Increasing Postsecondary Enrollment, Principal Leadership Magazine, Volume 18, Number 8, April 2018.

Best Practices for Increasing Student Autonomy, Principal Leadership Magazine, Volume 18, Number 5, January 2018.

Reframing Leadership: Start with Recognizing Self-Actualization Trends, Principal Leadership Magazine Volume 17, Number 7, March 2017.