Speaker

Dwight Davis

Assistant Principal, Wheatley Education Campus District of Columbia Public Schools

The Reverend Dwight Davis is an 11-year veteran teacher and proud product of the District of Columbia Public Schools. For the past decade, he has served Wheatley Education Campus (WEC) as a fifth-grade teacher, English & language arts coach, home visits coordinator and teacher lead. Now serving as the assistant principal of Wheatley, Davis is working to partner with parents and the community in an effort to continue to raise achievement levels. As both a teacher and administrator, he is most passionate about the need for, and use of, culturally and contextually relevant texts in reading instruction.

In 2014, Davis was selected as a CityBridge Education Innovation Fellow, a distinguished honor that led him across the nation, from Washington, D.C. to California. Through the program, Davis learned how to better personalize the educational experiences of his students and he has applied that successfully in his WEC classroom. In 2012, Davis was a member of the Teach Plus D.C. Policy Fellowship, at which time he had the opportunity to learn about issues relevant to the local community, city and state, and worked to create solutions on the ground for high-need students. He has also partnered with the Flamboyan Foundation as home visit trainer, attended the Aspen Ideas Festival as an Aspen scholar and worked to align curriculum resources with the Common Core State Standards via the District of Columbia Public Schools Common Core Reading Corps.

Before his teaching career, Davis played both professional and semi-professional basketball within the United States and abroad. He earned a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in education from Princeton Theological Seminary, a certificate in teaching from Princeton University’s Program in Teacher Preparation, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, history and education from Albright College. Davis also completed a certificate program in reading and literacy at George Washington University. Recently, Davis published “High IMPACT: It’s the Feedback That Adds Value” in the book, Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America’s Education Challenges, and he has written several op-eds for The Huffington Post.