Friday, April 28. 2017

    Search for Superintendent Enters Final Stretch

    Oakland  - The Oakland Unified School District Board of Education is now learning more about the final candidates to take over the top leadership post in OUSD. On April 22 and 23, 2017, the Board spent more than 20 hours with candidates for Superintendent in concert with two diverse panels, one with student representatives and one made up of community members.

    “We had a very productive weekend that was the result, in large measure, of incredible input from our student and community panels. We thank all these leaders for their participation and help creating the framework that will guide us as we move forward,” said Board of Education President James Harris. “The information we’ve gathered so far necessitates we take our time to reflect and discuss in greater depth the candidates who best represent the values of our District and are most prepared to lead OUSD into the future.”

    The Board is seeking a Superintendent who will give the District strong leadership as it navigates through these tough financial times. The community and student panels also emphasized to the Board Directors the need for the next Superintendent to have a deep understanding of Oakland, its people and the issues they face. “In our conversations with the community, it has been abundantly clear that a long-term personal investment in the children of Oakland is key in anyone who takes over as Superintendent. We are committed to finding the right person to lead OUSD into the future,” said President Harris.  "This is not a decision we can afford to rush."

    The Board of Education expects to have the next Superintendent in place before July 1, 2017 and has expressed absolute confidence in Interim Superintendent Dr. Devin Dillon's ability to end the 2016/17 school year strong. The magnitude of this decision on a new Superintendent requires that the Board take additional time to ensure that our next leader is well-positioned to embark on the difficult work that lies ahead. 



    James Harris, President of the Board of Education, spoke Tuesday, Nov. 22, about the resignation of Supt. Antwan Wilson, who will become the next Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.




    “We have to stand here strong for our children and I can also say we will continue under the leadership of the Board of Education and the strong staff leadership with the effort and vision to build quality community schools in our district. That was the vision set forth by the Board of Education in 2009. It is working and we will continue. So, let that message ring clear and true to the citizens of Oakland: Now is the not the time to fold but to be bold,” said James Harris, Board President. “We have an opportunity here in Oakland to set a standard for what it means to educate children in a diverse fashion and in a way that allows them to see the best of themselves in classrooms and at school sites.”

What's Coming Up

What's Happened

  • April

    • Apr. 22 - 23: Panel interviews conducted.



    • Mar. 15: Application window closes at 5:00 p.m. Leadership Associates begins review process for submitted applications.



    • Feb. 28: OUSD Superintendent position description finalized. Application window opens.
    • Feb. 20: Online community survey closes.
    • Feb. 14 - 15: Consultants meet with staff and community designated by BOE.
    • Feb. 11: BOE hosts a Town Hall Community Meeting.
    • Feb. 6: Online community survey opens. Available in six languages. 
    • Feb. 1: BOE Directors announce that Leadership Associates will assist in facilitating the search process for the next superintendent and provide updated timeline.  



    • Jan. 19The NAACP, OUSD, the City of Oakland, GO Public Schools Oakland, and the Unity Council hosted a public town hall to identify the qualities that will make the next superintendent successful in Oakland, discuss how the community can support the work of the next superintendent, and explore the needs of the community during this transition.Read the findings, including all community comments.


    • Jan. 11: BOE Directors vote to approve the contract of Devin Dillon, Ph.D., current Deputy Superintendent of Academic Social Emotional Learning, to serve as Interim Superintendent, as the Board conducts the search for a permanent candidate who is expected to begin by July.



    • Dec. 14: Devin Dillon, Ph.D., current Deputy Superintendent of Academic Social Emotional Learning, is selected by the Board as Interim Superintendent. Dillon’s proposed contract will be voted on by the BOE on January 11.


    • Dec. 9: Board announces proposed timeline for naming Interim Superintendent and hiring a permanent candidate



    • Nov. 22: Board of Education President James Harris holds a press conference with members of the OUSD Leadership Team to publicly announce Supt. Wilson's resignation
    • Nov. 21: Supt. Wilson announces to OUSD Staff he is resigning in February to become the Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools
  • Graphic: I am OUSD

About OUSD

  • In California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” Nearly half of its 50,000 students speak a non-English language at home.


    Each of its 126 schools is staffed with talented individuals who unite around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Culturally-Responsive and Joy. OUSD is committed to preparing all learners to excel in college, career and community.

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