Antwan Wilson to be new Oakland, Calif., superintendent

Friday, April 18, 2014

The board of the Oakland Unified School District announced it has nominated Antwan Wilson from the nationally acclaimed Denver Public Schools where he is assistant superintendent, as the new superintendent for Oakland.

The Oakland Board of Education plans to vote on the nomination April 23, finishing up a year-long search for someone to continue to reform Oakland’s 46,000 student school district. Former Superintendent Dr. Tony Smith resigned a year ago when a family health emergency called him to move out of state. Dr. Gary Yee has been acting superintendent since.

As assistant superintendent for Denver Public Schools, Wilson focused on improving education for middle school and high school students, particularly in troubled neighborhoods. During his tenure, high school graduation rates in Denver improved significantly and there were increases in the numbers of students enrolling in college preparatory classes and attending college. Denver Public Schools are often cited in education reform studies about what works.

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