Antwan Wilson became Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) in February 2017, assuming leadership of the fastest-improving urban school district in the country. Chancellor Wilson was selected to lead DCPS following a national search led by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and was unanimously confirmed by the DC City Council in December 2016. He looks forward to getting to know the DCPS community and listening to stakeholder ideas about how to provide a world-class education for every student.
Chancellor Wilson has devoted his life to improving educational opportunities, particularly for underserved children, and credits dedicated public school teachers with his own rise from a challenging childhood. He is an experienced leader who has achieved significant results throughout his career, which spans over two decades in education.
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.
Chancellor Wilson brings extensive school-level experience to his work. He 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. Chancellor Wilson and his wife, who is a career educator, have three children who look forward to attending DC Public Schools.
Chancellor Wilson plans to visit all 115 DCPS schools by the end of the 2016-2017 School Year. Use the map below or search by school name to track Chancellor Wilson’s visits to DCPS schools. Click on the blue dot or green checkmark to see the school name and whether or not he has visited your school!