Vernon G Gettone, Ph.D. BIO

Vernon GettoneVernon G. Gettone received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Speech from San Francisco State University, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with a cognate in School Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gettone has broad experience in the field of education and industry. He has worked with community agencies such as the Equal Justice Society in California, Delmonte Corp and Bank America on leadership change and styles, unconscious and implicit bias and power and privilege in American society. He has been a professor and dean at the university level. During his university tenure as the Dean of the School of Education at South Carolina State University, the School operated a K-8 Lab School, preparing and developing teachers K-12, principals and superintendents in educational administration at the doctoral-level for local and regional districts. Dr. Gettone has worked in urban public schools as assistant principal of Curriculum and Instruction and at the district level with staff development programs for teachers and school administrators. His scholarship covers theories of intelligence, intelligence testing school-age through adult, environmental and systemic social justice, teacher development from pre-service to the classroom, and standards, assessment and accountability of schools. He is past president of Teacher Focus, a staff development company that provides training and program development for school personnel throughout the country. He has spent 30 years developing effective and successful best practices for instructional programs (including sensitivity modules on race and equity for all). Currently, he is in his 20th year as Regional Staff in the Department for Instruction and Professional Development at the California Teachers Association (CTA). He serves on a variety of progressive committees, Teacher Evaluation, Summer Institute Planning Committee, Region 1 Leadership Conference Committee, Region 1 Charter School Issues Workgroup, California Staff Organization Black Caucus. He provides policy briefings to members on educational issues such as bias on testing and bias and inequity in the classroom.

He is a member and ardent participant of American Psychological Association (APA): Divisions 5, 15 and 16; Association of Black Psychologists (ABP); American Educational Research Association (AERA); Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); and Learning Forward.