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Dr. Amanda Alexander is the Interim Chancellor for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Previously, Dr. Alexander served as the Chief of Elementary Schools, where she provided leadership and vision for the district’s elementary schools, supervised a team of instructional superintendents, and oversaw early childhood programs (Pre-K3 and Pre-K4) and the federal Head Start program.
Dr. Alexander began her career with DCPS in 1998 as a kindergarten teacher at Walker-Jones Elementary School. She later joined New Leaders for New Schools and served as an assistant principal at PS 40 and PS 2 in New York City’s highly acclaimed District 2. With a refined understanding of progressive pedagogies in reading and writing and approaches to teacher professional development, she returned to DCPS to serve as the principal at Bunker Hill Elementary School and later Ross Elementary School. Under her leadership, both schools saw double digit gains in literacy and mathematics. The successes at these diverse schools led then Chancellor Michelle Rhee to charge Dr. Alexander with the redesign of the structure for principal supervision and the management of a cluster of elementary schools as an instructional superintendent. As evidenced by student achievement outcomes, attendance and teacher quality, her cluster of schools significantly outperformed other clusters in the district.
In 2013, she was asked by Chancellor Kaya Henderson to serve as the Deputy Chief of Schools and focus solely on the recruitment, development, and supervision of the K-12 instructional superintendent team. By leveraging a generous grant from the Wallace Foundation, she provided extensive professional learning opportunities for instructional superintendents focused on the knowledge and skills necessary to support principals in an era of new rigorous standards for student learning. For the pioneering work in the field of principal supervision, DCPS was featured in a documentary and publication of the foundation. Over the course of her time as a central office administrator, Dr. Alexander has also led literacy initiatives and a district-wide taskforce to identify and implement evidenced-based practices to improve student performance. Her efforts in this area have been recognized by the Reading Recovery Council of North America as she is the organization’s 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Literacy Leadership Award.
Dr. Alexander has a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Howard University, a M.S.Ed. in educational leadership from Baruch College, and a Ph.D. in education from American University.