Contretemps is a blog broadly based on educational trends, especially those that involve technology, leadership, and educational reform. The blog title, Contretemps, is meant as a play on words – meaning alternatively “ill-timed” or “against the time.” Speaking to both the anachronistic and yet cyclical nature of educational trends, those who have been in the business of education for a while will attest to the ever-shifting patterns of “new ideas” that often resemble “old ideas.” Maintaining a healthy ironic distance from the absurdity of a bureaucratic industry without becoming cynical is a tough goal – but a worthy one!
John D’Adamo has been in the field of education for over 10 years. He has considerable experience working with schools in the Mid-Atlantic region in the area of school reform and strategic planning. His expertise is in the integration of classroom technology to facilitate data-driven decision-making for private school systems. His passion is in the changing of American pedagogy to meet the demands of the 21st Century. Currently, John is the Assistant Principal of Immaculate Conception School in Towson, MD. He was previously the coordinator for the college-preparatory curriculum (known as the Cupertino Program) at Archbishop Curley High School. John and his wife Melissa live and work in Baltimore, MD. He can be found online here: