Superintendent Search

In August 2022, following 10 years of service, Dr. William Hite will transition from his role as Superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia.

The search for the next superintendent is officially underway, and will be handled by a professional search firm to be hired by the Board of Education.

To stay up to date on this process, we encourage you to sign up for email updates here.

For all questions, email supersearch@philasd.org.

Timeline

  • October 11 – October 29: Public Listening Sessions and Survey + Search Firm Engaged
  • November 2021: Job description released
  • November – December 2021: Local and national search begins, followed by Superintendent interviews
  • February 2022: Board convenes Superintendent Search Advisory Committee to interview top 5 candidates + help inform selection of 2 finalists
  • February – March 2022: Public forums with final 2 candidates
  • Spring 2022: New Superintendent announced
  • August 2022: New Superintendent starts

Community Input

We are inviting a diversity of voices into this public process. And here’s how:

17

Listening Sessions

18

Days

50+

Community Organizations
& Agencies Engaged

17 Listenings Sessions in 18 Days 

The Board will host a series of 17 listening sessions – in-person and virtual – in 18 days across all 10 Councilmanic Districts, where the public is invited to weigh in on what they want to see in the next Superintendent. We invite all Philadelphians and Philadelphia families to provide input on the skills, talent and foresight the next Superintendent needs to bring to the District. Each session will include an ASL Translator and non-ESL speakers; and all marketing materials will be translated in up to 8 languages. Feedback will be used to inform the job description for the next superintendent.

The Board wants to hear from you.

VIRTUAL

  • Monday, October 11, NOON – 1:15PM, in partnership with Urban League of Philadelphia. Register.
  • Monday, October 11, 6PM – 7:15PM, in partnership with Urban League of Philadelphia. Register.
  • Wednesday, October 13, 6PM – 7:30PM, in partnership with The PEAL Center and HUNE. Register.

IN-PERSON

  • Tuesday, October 12, 4PM – 6PM at Congreso, 2800 N American Street, 19133. Register.
  • Tuesday, October 12, 6:30PM – 8:30PM at Congreso, 2800 N American Street, 19133. Register.
  • Saturday, October 16, NOON -2PM at People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, 19104. Register.
  • Saturday, October 16, 2:30PM – 4:30PM at People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, 19104. Register.

VIRTUAL

  • Monday, October 18, 1PM – 2:30PM, the Office of Immigrant Affairs. Register.
  • Wednesday, October 20, 6PM – 7:30PM (Spanish speaking only), in partnership with The PEAL Center and HUNE. Register.
  • Thursday, October 21, 5PM – 6:30PM, in partnership with AFRICOM. Register.

IN-PERSON

  • Saturday, October 23, NOON – 2PM at Raymond Rosen Community Center, 2301 West Edgley, 19121. Register.
  • Saturday, October 23, 2:30PM – 4:30PM at Raymond Rosen Community Center, 2301 West Edgley, 19121. Register.

VIRTUAL

  • Tuesday, October 26, 6:30PM – 8PM, in partnership with the Parent and Community Advisory Council. Register.
  • Tuesday, October 26, 7PM – 9PM, hosted by the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. Register.
  • Wednesday, October 27, 6PM – 7:15PM, in partnership with Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. Register.
  • Wednesday, October 27, 6PM – 7:30PM, in partnership with The PEAL Center and HUNE. Register.

IN-PERSON

  • Friday, October 29, 5PM – 7PM at Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. 5th Street, 19133. Register.

Don’t have time for a session, but still want to make your voice heard?

We invite you meet us at the following schools to complete the survey in-person and share your thoughts on what we should seek in the next Superintendent:

  • Thursday, October 14, 2:30PM – 5PM at Overbrook Elementary School, 2032 N 62nd St, 19151
  • Friday, October 15, 1PM – 4PM at John S. Jenks School, 8301 Germantown Ave, 19118
  • Thursday, October 21, 2:30PM – 5PM at The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, 11081 Knights Rd, 19154
  • Friday, October 22, 2:30PM – 5PM at Mayfair Middle School, 3001 Princeton Ave, 19149
  • Thursday, October 28, 2:30PM – 5PM at George W. Childs, 1599 Wharton St, 19146

A Survey for All Audiences

Can’t join a listening session? We still need to hear from you. Take a few minutes to complete the survey. All responses are confidential and anonymous, and will be used to write the job description for the next Superintendent.

Citywide Exchanges 

Philadelphians and Philadelphia organizations and agencies are invited to gather virtually or in -person to host their own #PHLSuperSearch Listening Session and answer the question: what do we want to see in the next Superintendent? These conversations can inspire, empower, and serve as a reminder of the role we all play in our children’s success. We’ve got tips and toolkit to help guide these conversations.

Interested in hosting your own listening session? Email supersearch@philasd.org for the toolkit.

Additional Community Input 

The Parent and Community Advisory Council of the Board of Education is a group of individuals composed of parents/caregivers, community stakeholders, faith-based leaders, former educators and staff members who are dedicated to the children and youth of the School District of Philadelphia. The Board consistently seeks the Advisory Council’s input on all matters pertaining to the District, and will continue to do so during this public input and superintendent search process.

Selection Process

The Board will establish an 11-member Superintendent Search Advisory Committee (SSAC) in order to include diverse voices in its review of final candidates. The Committee will include one current School District of Philadelphia teacher, one current principal, two current guardians of District students, two current students, and participants from the local charter school community, organized labor, higher education, business, and education advocacy.

The Superintendent Search Advisory Committee will conduct confidential interviews with five finalist candidates. The review and evaluation done by the committee will help inform the Board’s selection of two final candidates.

All Philadelphians will have the opportunity to meet and hear from the final two candidates before a final selection is made by the Board.