Joni Burgin-Hartshorn

Job Title


Educational Leadership, School Safety, Instructional Leadership, Policy and Administration

Started at Bethel



  • Luther College - B.A., 1979
  • St. Cloud State University - M.S., 1988
  • University of Minnesota - Ed.D. in Educational Policy and Administration, 2001


Joni Burgin served as the Superintendent of the Grantsburg, Wisconsin School District for 23 years. Under her leadership the district schools were awarded state and federal awards.  She also served as a principal, dean of students, and assistant principal at three high schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 


Courses Taught

EDUC 830

EDUC 865

EDUC 882 Directed Studies



Blue Ribbon Commission on Education Reform- Wis. Legislative Appointment 2017-18

Legislative Study Committee: Improving Educational Opportunities in High School .

Excellence in Education Award for Teaching. Minnesota Chamber Foundation Honors Ceremony at the Ordway, St. Paul - $4,000.



Instructional Change: A Comparison of Blocked and Traditional HS Class Periods. University of Minnesota.

Master's Thesis

Staff Development and Organizational Change. St. Cloud State University.

National Journal Article:

Building Strength-based Learning Communities. AASA.


Building the Heart of Successful Schools

"Building Strength-based Learning Communities".

National Association of Secondary School Principals Convention
"9th grade interdisciplinary teams" New Orleans

Minnesota Education Effectiveness Project
"9th grade interdisciplinary teams" Brainerd, MN

WASB, WASDA, WASBO Annual Conventions 2005, 2011
Critical Thinking in the Curriculum
Hybrid and Blended Learning

AWSA/WASDA SLATE Conference, 2011
Hybrid Learning

Certificates and Licenses

Wisconsin Professional License: Superintendent, Principal, Music Teacher (choral)

Educator Effectiveness - Charlotte Danielson

Elements of Effective Instruction / Clinical Supervision -Hunter/Suzuki.

Instructional Course Designer and Online Instructor- UW Stout & Bethel University

Digital Media & Visual Literacy

Effective Negotiations (Karrass)

Gallup Organization- Teacher/ Principal Insight, StrengthFinder, Strength-based schools

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Wisconsin Legislature Study Committees (2)

American Association of School Administrators

Wisconsin American Association of School Administrators

CESA #11 Consortium

Lakeland Conference Administrators

Gallup Organization- Teacher/ Principal Insight, StrengthFinder, Strength-based schools

Elements of Effective Instruction / Clinical Supervision -Hunter/Suzuki.

Hobbies and Interests


Faculty Follies Variety Show- Producer. Dollars for Scholars Fundraiser.

Community Learning Center .

Citizen's Long-range Planning Committees

Adult Sunday School Teacher, Praise and Worship Song Leader, Men's Choir Director.

Christmas Vespers- Producer.

Areas of expertise

K-12 School Administration School Finance Continuous Improvement Student Achievement Online Learning Instructional Design Curriculum and Instruction

Research interests

Student Achievement Online Learning Instructional Improvement Student Engagement

Teaching specialty

Educational Leadership, Policy and Administration, Resource Management (Finance), Instructional Leadership, School Safety, Charter Schools Training and Internship Supervision of K-12 Principals and Superintendents


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

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