Superintendent Antwan Wilson
I am honored to be your Superintendent for the Oakland Unified School District. It is my belief that all young people have the ability to achieve at high levels, and it is the responsibility of educators to ensure that is what happens. This includes setting high expectations for students to succeed in life academically and socially - in their college and career pursuits.
In order to do so, we must embrace our mission as a Full-Service Community District. I am excited to work with Oakland families - along with our dedicated educators and school leaders - to prepare all of our students for success. I believe we can work together to help Oakland become the premiere urban district in educating students and helping them achieve success. Achieving our goal requires sacrifice and commitment on the part of everyone in our community.
I know we can do it! Oakland is a great American city and our students deserve access to quality schools in their neighborhoods and to be taught and inspired by adults committed to their success. This is what we are working hard to provide in Oakland, a vision where Every Student Thrives!”
Beginning his second year as Superintendent, Antwan Wilson is prepared to build upon the work from year one. For information on year one, please review the Superintendent's Work Plan One-Year Report. This year, while going deeper with the Pathway to Excellence, we aim to:
Before serving as Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, Antwan Wilson was the Assistant Superintendent for Post Secondary Readiness in Denver Public Schools for six years where he led Denver’s Middle, High, and Intensive Pathway Schools.
Under his leadership in Denver, there were significant improvements in graduation rates, reductions in drop-out rates, increases in students entering college, a doubling of enrollment and qualifying score rates in Advanced Placement courses, tripling of Concurrent Enrollment college-level courses, and a revamping of the district’s Intensive Pathway Options.
Prior to this role, Antwan served as a high school principal in a high poverty neighborhood and as a middle school principal in Denver Public Schools and Wichita Public Schools respectively. Antwan has also worked as an assistant high school principal and as a middle and high school classroom teacher in Wichita, KS, Lincoln, NE, and Raleigh, NC.
Antwan graduated with Distinction from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Degree in History-Social Science Education with Minors in Women’s Studies and Minority Studies. In addition to an advanced degree in School Leadership Degree from Friends University, Antwan is a graduate of The Broad Academy class of 2014.
Antwan and his wife - a career educator - have been married for 18 years and have three children - a middle school student, and two elementary school students who attend public schools.