A Message from the Superintendent

Learn more about Superintendent Watlington’s 100-day priorities at philasd.org/100days.

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Dear School District Staff, Students and Families,

I consider it a true honor and privilege to serve as superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia. After nearly 30 years in education, I wholeheartedly value education as a profession, and understand the power of a high-quality public education to transform the lives of young people by helping them to fulfill their highest potential. I am excited to be here with you and to lead this fine District in the next phase of its journey toward excellence for every child in every school.

Serving you well starts with earning your trust, and earning your trust starts with me listening to understand. So for my first 100 days, my first priority is to listen and learn. I will work with urgency to engage with a wide range of Philadelphians – from families, students, District staff, faith leaders and elected officials to union leaders, grassroots organizations, higher education leaders, philanthropists, business leaders and many others. I want to get to know this great city, learn what you believe the District does well and where improvement is needed in order to achieve the Board’s Goals and Guardrails.

I invite you to visit philasd.org/100days where you can download the First 100 Days: Listening and Learning document which highlights my goals and actions in the coming months, track my progress in the coming weeks and months, view the calendar of upcoming community engagement opportunities, and much more.

What I learn in the coming months will result in a report with findings and recommendations that will help guide our work together as we prepare every student for college, career and community. There is hard work ahead and I am committed to working collaboratively, thoughtfully and in a manner that keeps the best interests of all Philadelphia public school students at the heart of our conversation and decision making.

It’s an exciting time for the School District of Philadelphia. Thank you for this opportunity to work in partnership with you as we build on the District’s progress and create a brighter tomorrow for all students. The best is yet to come!