Dwight Jones serves as Senior Vice President of Equity, Inclusion & Urban Markets at McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he works with leading national, regional and local associations and organizations to find new ways to partner together to address the needs of administrators, teachers and students in some of the largest and most academically diverse U.S. school districts. Having already overseen major education reform efforts as an administrator in similar districts and schools, Dwight is uniquely positioned to lead the company’s K-12 outreach efforts in major urban markets across the United States.
Before joining McGraw-Hill Education, Dwight served as Discovery Communications’ Superintendent in Residence and provided strategic guidance and advice to the organization’s Education Division.
Prior to that, he served as the superintendent of Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, the nation’s fifth largest school district. During his tenure there, he initiated a school reform agenda designed to raise the academic bar and ensure all of the district’s 315,000 students were prepared for college, a career or the military. In this role, he also implemented graduation initiatives that promoted one of the largest increases in graduation rates among the nation’s largest school districts from 2011-2012.
Prior to his time in Nevada, Dwight served as the Colorado Commissioner of Education, overseeing the education of more than 830,000 students across more than 1,700 schools in 178 public school districts. His efforts to revamp state standards, improve accountability and narrow achievement gaps, particularly those related to race and socioeconomic status, have been recognized by governors, legislators and colleagues across the state. He also oversaw the development of the Colorado Growth Model, which depicts the overall achievement of individual schools and districts to administrators, educators and the public and has since been implemented in more than 15 states.
Dwight’s other past positions include: Superintendent at Fountain-Fort Carson School District Eight, Fountain, Colorado; Operational Vice President at Edison Learning, Knoxville, Tennessee; and Assistant Superintendent at Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, Kansas. Before taking on those roles, Dwight held several positions as an elementary, middle and high school principal and as an elementary and middle school teacher.
Dwight has been recognized by numerous organizations throughout his career. He has been awarded the NAACP’s Heartbeat Award (2013), the Asian Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Award (2013), Chairman’s Award of Excellence, Nevada Latin Chamber of Commerce (2012), Alumni Fellow for Kansas State University’s College of Education (2011), and Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame (2010).
Dwight holds a B.S., K-12 Education, Fort Hays State University, and a M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, Kansas State University. A father of three, he and his wife reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.