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Dr. Whitney Oakley, “Better Together, The Strategic Direction for the Future of Guilford County Schools” (May 10)
May 10 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Dr. Whitney Oakley, Superintendent of Schools, Guilford County
Better Together, The Strategic Direction for the Future of Guilford County Schools
Dr. Whitney Oakley is the superintendent of Guilford County Schools (GCS), serving more than 68,000 PK-12 students and 10,000 employees at 126 schools. A Guilford County native, Oakley is a long-time educator and administrator passionate about helping all students thrive.
Oakley has played an instrumental role in learning recovery efforts, including nationally recognized learning hubs and high dosage tutoring programs to accelerate learning; and strengthened professional development opportunities for principals and teachers.
Under Oakley’s leadership, the district achieved the highest graduation rate in GCS history (91.8%), including the highest graduation rate for Black and Hispanic students.
During Oakley’s first 150 days as superintendent, GCS expanded learning recovery efforts, which included providing 100,000 more high-dosage tutoring sessions to 8,617 students compared to prior years. Oakley also secured a $14.8 million federal grant to expand mental health services to students across the district and deployed 12 new strategies to strengthen the school safety infrastructure to keep students and staff safe.
Oakley holds a Bachelor of Science in special education from East Carolina University, a Master of Education in elementary education from Greensboro College, a Specialist in Education and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She lives in Guilford County with her husband and two children, who are both currently enrolled in GCS.
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