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District of Columbia Public Schools

Antwan Wilson is the Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) assuming this role in February 2017.

Prior to joining DCPS, Chancellor Wilson was Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). During his tenure, OUSD saw increased graduation rates, decreases in out-of-school discipline, a decade-high investment in teacher pay, and historic improvements in district operations. His commitment to collaborating with partners across the city earned OUSD national recognition for work on the Oakland Promise, a cradle-to-career initiative aimed at tripling the number of college graduates from Oakland, and the Equity Pledge, an emerging partnership between district and charter leaders to create a more equitable school experience for all Oakland children.

Until 2014, Chancellor Wilson served as Assistant Superintendent for Post Secondary Readiness in the Denver Public Schools (DPS), where he was responsible for middle schools, high schools, and alternative schools. During his tenure, DPS experienced significant improvements in graduation rates, college enrollment rates, and AP course participation and performance. He led the development of the district’s Intensive Pathways options, which provide additional supports for struggling students to set them up for success in college and career.

Wilson began his career as a middle and high school teacher in Kansas, Nebraska, and North Carolina, before leading schools as a high school and middle school principal in Denver and Wichita. He graduated with distinction from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in History-Social Science Education and minors in Women’s Studies and Minority Studies. He holds an advanced degree in School Leadership from Friends University and is a graduate of The Broad Academy for urban school system leaders.