July 07, 2010

DCPS Names Chief Academic Officer 

In New Role, Dr. Carey Wright to Focus on Driving Student Achievement

Contact: Frederick Lewis | (202) 442-5919

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Dr. Carey WrightWASHINGTON, DC -- District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) announced today that Dr. Carey M. Wright has been appointed Chief Academic Officer, a move that will allow her to build on the tremendous work she has done over the past year as Deputy Chief in the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL).

A former principal, teacher and assistant superintendent in Maryland, with more than 30 years of experience –Wright will serve on the DCPS management team and oversee the offices of Teaching and Learning, Professional Development, Youth Engagement, School Innovation, Federal Programs and Grants, School Restructuring, Strategic Academic Initiatives, and School Support.

In her new position, Wright will continue to anchor the work of the Office of the Chief Academic Officer (OCAO) around the Teaching and Learning Framework, increase early and adolescent literacy and further current work on innovative school models and social-emotional supports and interventions for students, as well as professional growth supports for teachers.

“We wanted a problem solver with a proven track-record for success whose high expectations and laser focus on quality instruction would provide solid support for all students and teachers,” said DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

“After an extensive search, we concluded that Dr. Wright had all the qualities and characteristics we wanted in a chief academic officer,” Rhee continued. “I am confident Dr. Wright will help us maintain the momentum she helped foster in the Office of Teaching and Learning, and move us closer to our goal of providing a world-class public education for students in the District.”

In her former role with DCPS, Wright provided education leadership for preschool through Grade 12, which included management of the offices of Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Secondary School Transformation, Bilingual Education, Out of School Time, Athletics, Educational Technology, and Library Media Services.

Wright also helped drive student achievement with better central office support of schools, which included streamlining summer school, expanding early education offerings and ensuring better implementation of system-wide academic interventions.

There will be minimal programmatic and organizational change as a result of this appointment. Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Academics Dr. Michael Moody will continue in his advisory role and work closely with Dr. Wright to plan and implement strategy, and support the new Instructional Superintendent structure.

Dr. Wright began her career in education as a teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. She spent the majority of her career in Howard County Public Schools in Maryland, where she served as a teacher and principal for 15 years and the director of Special Education and Student Services.

From 2003 to 2009, Wright served as associate superintendent for the Office of Special Education and Student Services for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. In that role, she was responsible for guiding special education programming for 17,000 students, managing a $325 million budget, overseeing nonpublic placements and alternative programs, providing special education staffing for 200 schools, and providing K-12 school counseling, psychological services, pupil personnel services, as well as the administration of the International Student Admission Office.

Wright has been recognized as an outstanding educator by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Systems, nominated twice for The Washington Post Outstanding Principal Award, and awarded the Howard County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator of the Year. For the past three years, she has served on the faculty of the Public Education Leadership Project, a joint initiative of Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

***Dr. Wright is available for interviews. Please contact Jennifer Calloway at 202.535.1096.


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