Jan. 11, 2017 – BOE Directors voted to approve the contract of Devin Dillon, Ph.D., current Deputy Superintendent of Academic Social Emotional Learning, to serve as Interim Superintendent.


    The Board is conducting a national search for a permanent candidate, who is expected to begin by July.


    Dillon will begin on Feb. 1, when current Supt. Antwan Wilson become Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.




    Dec. 14, 2016 – The Board of Education (BOE) announced this evening that Deputy Superintendent Devin Dillon, PhD has been offered the opportunity to serve as the Interim Superintendent of Schools for Oakland Unified School District. 


    “My fellow Directors and I believe that Dr. Dillon is eminently qualified to continue the strategic direction of the District,” said BOE President James Harris. “She has led the academic work that has put the District on its current trajectory, and we are excited to offer the Interim position to someone who knows firsthand how to get things done in Oakland.”


    During her 20-year career in education, Dillon developed her expertise in serving students, families and staff as an instructional assistant, teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, and here in OUSD as Chief Academic Officer and Deputy Superintendent. Dillon was the first person in her family to attend college and has gone on to hold a PhD in Educational Administration, a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.


    “All of us at OUSD have worked diligently to ensure our schools are on the rise. With graduation rates up and suspension rates down, I am committed to our current strategic direction,” said Dillon. “As an educator, I believe the promise of public education is a civil rights issue here in Oakland. Together, we will continue serving the whole child to ensure that every student thrives.”


    The Board will explore contracting with a search firm to provide candidate search services for the permanent position. Filling the superintendent vacancy is expected to take about six months.



    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.”
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  • January

    • 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
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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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