Mayor Muriel Bowser has chosen Antwan Wilson to lead DC Public Schools as the system’s next chancellor.
Over the past two years, Bowser has worked to expand learning opportunities for students throughout DC., and since assuming office, her administration has launched extended school year at 11 DCPS schools; opened the District’s only all-boys public high school, Ron Brown College Preparatory High School; fully-funded a travel abroad program for DCPS students; launched the Summer Strong DC initiative; increased access to libraries and books; and expanded access to hands-on learning opportunities. With increased enrollment and graduation rates and increased academic achievement, DCPS continues to be the fastest improving urban school district. Wilson’s experiences make him well-qualified to build on these and other DCPS successes while focusing more attention on closing the District’s opportunity gap.
“In his 20-plus years in education, Antwan Wilson has been a teacher, a principal, an assistant superintendent and a superintendent, and at every level, he has been successful,” Bowser said. “Not only is he an experienced leader, Mr. Wilson is role model for our students. His success proves that with hard work, they can achieve what they set out to do.”
Wilson joins DCPS from Oakland, California, where he is serving as superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. In that capacity, Wilson developed a strategic plan focused on effective talent development, accountable school site support and quality school development. In his first year alone, the graduation rate increased by almost four percentage points.
“My life has been dedicated to students and ensuring they have the resources and support they need to succeed in life,” said the 44-year-old Wilson, who will earn an annual base salary of $280,000. “I am honored to join the District’s stellar education team and look forward to working with the community to build on the recent DCPS successes.”
Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles
Eighty public and public charter schools across the District were recently recognized for their efforts engaging students in a range of activities that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles during “Growing Healthy Schools Month.”
The annual initiative, sponsored by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, was held Nov. 21 during a ceremony held at Cardozo Education Campus in northwest. Representatives for the 80 schools received certificates and reflected on the activities, lessons, field trips and events they offered during Growing Healthy Schools Month.
“Participation in Growing Healthy Schools Month continues to expand each year, with more schools involved and more students learning the benefits of a lifestyle focused on eating healthy foods, being stewards of the environment, and engaging in healthy physical activity,” said Donna Anthony, OSSE’s assistant superintendent for Health and Wellness.
“This year’s Growing Healthy Schools Month theme, ‘Healthy Schools, Every Day!’ encourages schools to leverage the same energy and excitement generated during Growing Healthy Schools Month to institutionalize healthy school initiatives throughout the school year,” Anthony said.
Student Success Act
The DC State Board of Education recently held its monthly meeting where its members heard an outpouring of public sentiments regarding the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”
The new ESSA law replaces No Child Left Behind and gives the District more flexibility in determining what constitutes a successful school, and what needs to be done to fix schools that are failing.
“Currently, schools are rated almost entirely on reading and math test scores–and almost entirely on the proportion of students who are ‘proficient,’ regardless of how much academic progress students in the school did or didn’t make,” said Ruth Wattenberg, SBOE Ward 3 member and ESSA committee chair. “This approach has led to many complaints: too much focus on tests and test prep; not enough attention to other subjects and not enough attention to the practices that lead to high achievement: including providing a safe, challenging, and engaging environment.”
Parents who have children in the PGCPS system are encouraged to learn about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Individual Student (Home) Reports. Parents whose children are enrolled in grades 3-12 and took a PARCC assessment last school year, should have received an Individual Student Report that provided information about their children’s results.
PGCPS is offering an online webinar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 8 to help parents understand their child’s report.
Resident Teacher Program
As preparations are being made for the 2017-18 Resident Teacher Program, school officials will host a series of related information sessions.
The program is a state-approved alternative preparation program for individuals who have not received any teacher training, but possess at least a bachelor’s degree.
All information sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.:
Thursday, Dec. 8:
Avalon Elementary School [Media Center], (Open to the public and PGCPS employees)
Thursday, Jan. 12:
Charles Flowers High School [Media Center], (Open to the public and PGCPS employees)
Thursday, Feb. 9:
Ernest Just Middle School [Media Center], (Open to the public and PGCPS employees)
To view a complete list of sessions and locations, visit https://goo.gl/forms/gWW0L0pJkkJCY6Ov2.
Showcase of Schools
The public is invited to join the PGCPS family’s “Showcase of Schools.” The event will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 6 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt.
Teacher Recruitment Fair
Saturday, Dec. 3 is the last day to sign up for the annual Teacher Recruitment Fair.
For more information, contact:
Prince George’s County Public Schools
Sasscer Administration Building
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772