Head of School
Dominic A.A. Randolph is Riverdale's sixth Head of School and a leader in the international character education movement. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit educational research organization, Character Lab, along with Angela Duckworth, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the best-selling book, Grit, and Dave Levin '88, founder of the KIPP charter schools. Randolph is a steering committee member of the International Positive Education Network; and an ongoing collaborator with IDEO on design thinking in education. He has written on character and opportunity for the Brookings Institute. In 2015, he published a correspondence on the nature of education with Max Ventilla, CEO and founder of AltSchool, a San Francisco-based education startup that operates schools in San Francisco and New York City.
Randolph's work has been featured in How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough and Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids For The Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith.
Prior to Randolph's appointment in 2007, he served as assistant head master at The Lawrenceville School and worked in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in schools in Europe and the Middle East. At Riverdale, his work has focused on curriculum development, interdisciplinary studies and design thinking, and the implications of cognitive and technological advancements for learning, character development, and positive psychology.
He lives with his wife, Kris, close to the Hill Campus in the school's first building. A one-time fencer for Harvard University, he has been known to engage in an occasional bout with the Riverdale fencing team. He tweets with the handle, @daar17.
Articles and speeches by Randolph include:
- Randolph to Graduates: Grit, Opportunity Purpose
- "Going Global Without Going," an online feature in Independent School magazine
- "What Is School," an exchange of letters with Max Ventilla, CEO of AltSchool, on Medium
- "The Blank Plan"
- "If I Were Secretary of State for Education"
- Commencement 2015
- "Schools of Character"
- Hill Campus Parents Day 2014