2020 Institute for Heads
Rob Evans
Dr. Rob Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the former executive director of the Human Relations Service in Wellesley, MA. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and for many years a child and family therapist, he has consulted in more than 1,700 schools throughout the U.S. and internationally, working with teachers, administrators, and boards. Dr. Evans received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Harvard. His interests have focused on change and resistance to change in schools and organizations, on the challenges of leading innovation, and on changes in American families and their impact on schools. He is currently concentrating on ways to improve collegiality and candor among educators and to promote realistic dialogue about accountability. Dr. Evans is the author of many articles and three books: Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving (published in 2009), The Human Side of School Change, and Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with The Crisis in Childrearing.
Michael Thompson

Dr. Michael Thompson is a consultant, author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than 700 schools across the U.S. as well as in schools in Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Thompson is the author or co-author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, as well as Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, and The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life. His newest book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, was published in 2012. A dedicated speaker and traveler, he has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show, and Good Morning America. In 2006, Dr. Thompson also wrote, narrated, and hosted a two-hour PBS documentary entitled Raising Cain.