Antwan Wilson comes to Oakland school district with a reputation for change

Dec 9, 2014

Antwan Wilson is the new head of Oakland Unified School District. Wilson spent five years as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Denver before coming to Oakland schools last July. He arrived with a reputation for turning things around.

Wilson’s taken charge of a district with around 37,000 students in its schools. About 70% of them come from low-income families and qualify for free or reduced-cost lunch. Almost half speak a language other than English at home.

Wilson spoke with KALW’s Hana Baba.

ANTWAN WILSON: I’m excited about fast-forwarding five years from now. Similar to six years ago, when I was in Denver, I spoke to my team and I said: “Well five years from now, people are going to be trying to figure out how we did it.”

Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.