School District of Philadelphia Superintendent share his vision for the new school year
Tony B. Watlington answered questions coming from workers from the educational sector.
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Tony B. Watlington was announced in June as the new Superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia. He has 27 years of educational experience and had previously served as Superintendent of North Carolina’s Rowan-Salisbury School District. Throughout his career, Dr. Watlington has served in various positions, such as high school teacher, principal and chief of schools. He was selected to succeed William R. Hite Jr., who is transitioning to a new position after serving as the School District’s Superintendent for nearly 10 years.
This morning, at the National Constitution Center, Dr. Watlington shared his takeaways so far and his vision for the future of the Philadelphia school system. The event called Education First Impact marked the return of the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF)'s monthly conversation series, and the new superintendent attended it as part of his listening tour.
With the goal to become the fastest improving urban school district in the nation, Dr. Watlington is committed to a qualified curriculum and creating a culture of support.
“We can do much better,” Dr. Watlington said when predicting the new school year.
The superintendent also discussed updating the school curriculum to meet the interests of students and current professional needs.
Since he started in the position, his plans include listening and learning first and then doing an active research on how to improve the K12 system. After the initial months, he plans to set a limited number of goals so they can be completed, specially based on budget.
During the event that was moderated by Farah Jimenez, President and CEO of PEF, Dr. Watlington answered questions and listened to the concerns of the people in the audience — from private, nonprofit and government education sectors. His answers were on a variety of topics, including the transition to college, the importance of a well rounded curriculum and the need of libraries.
The audience was excited with the new Superintendent and seemed supportive of his plans.