From Washington, D.C., to Washington State, Dwight Jones is a game changer, known for his common sense approach to education reform and his unwavering passion for raising student achievement.
A nationally recognized consultant and speaker, Jones has held virtually every position in K12 public education, from student and teacher to principal and superintendent – most recently overseeing the nation’s fifth largest school district – Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. During his tenure there, he initiated a school reform agenda designed to raise the academic bar and ensure that all of the district’s 310,000 students were “ready by exit” for the military, a career, or postsecondary education.
Just prior to his time in Nevada, Jones was the Colorado Commissioner of Education, where he bridged numerous divides to unite the state department of education and school district administrators, and where he worked with the legislature to implement landmark reforms to move public education forward – including the revision of content standards and an appropriate state assessment; a student identifier to track individual student academic progress; a statewide educator evaluation system to hold educators accountable for their students’ academic growth; and an online growth model to depict how well each school performs.
While superintendent of the Fountain-Fort Carson School District (Colorado), Jones’ work to raise student achievement led to minority students actually out-performing their non-minority peers. As an operational vice president of EdisonLearning Inc., after opening three reconstituted, 100-percent minority schools in Baltimore, Jones was recognized by the state of Maryland for realizing the highest student achievement growth in the city. His work as an elementary, middle- and high-school principal, and as assistant superintendent in Wichita Public Schools yielded similar results.
Jones is a commissioner for the 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and the Education Commission of the States, and an advisory committee member of the Education Research and Development Institute. He serves on national and local boards for a number of organizations including WestEd, Education Sector, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, and the Center for Research on Education Outcomes, and has addressed state legislatures and advised numerous governors, as well as U.S. Department of Education administrators, on student achievement and other education matters.
A father of three, he and his wife, Jenifer, reside in Denver, Colorado.