Antwan Wilson, the superintendent of schools in Oakland, California, is the District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser’s nominee for schools chancellor, reports The Washington Post.
The newspaper described Wilson as an outsider, which signals that Bowser wants a new approach to improving academic outcomes for the district’s students of color living in poor communities.
At the same time, though, he is also reform-minded, like former Chancellor Kaya Henderson, who announced her resignation in June, and Henderson’s predecessor Michelle Rhee. Bowser described Wilson as a “proven manager” and “education leader,” according to The Post.
The school district has focused much of its energy on male students of color. Toward that end, Wilson said he envisions an emphasis on social-emotional learning, summer programs and in-school tutoring.
Prior to heading Oakland’s school district, Wilson, 44, was a teacher and later an administrator in Denver, who focused on urban education. His leadership training includes the Broad Academy, an initiative for urban school superintendents.
He’s also a noted member of the school leadership organization Chiefs for Change, which promotes charter schools.
Education Secretary John B. King praised Wilson’s nomination in a statement:
“Antwan has a reputation for using a comprehensive equity agenda to help increase student achievement and elevate social emotional learning, a focus I am hopeful he will bring to DCPS as the district works to close achievement gaps.”
The City Council will hold three hearings on Wilson’s nomination. If confirmed, he’s expected to begin on Feb. 1.
SOURCE: Washington Post