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Amanda Bastoni

Educational Research Scientist
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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.

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

My Inspiration

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.


Ed.D., New England College
M.F.A., Antioch University
B.A., Keene State College

Selected Presentations

Expanding the Definition of Family | TEDxKeene 2018

Selected Publications

Andrusiak, R., Bastoni, A., Fitzgerald, C. J., Geraghty, C., Laurian-Fitzgerald, S., & Petruno-Goguen, R. (2020). From the inside-out: Concrete steps to transforming education today. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Bastoni, A. (2018, April 1). CTE: Preventing Dropouts, Increasing Postsecondary Enrollment. Principal Leadership Magazine, 18(8).

Bastoni, A. (2018, January 1). Best Practices for Increasing Student Autonomy. Principal Leadership Magazine, 18(5).

Bastoni, A. (2017, March 1). Reframing Leadership: Start with Recognizing Self-Actualization Trends. Principal Leadership Magazine, 17(7).

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