Tue, January 10, 2017
In a White House press announcement made yesterday, Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins joins 12 other leaders in their fields to be appointed to key Administration posts, by and with advice and consent of the Senate. Dr. Jenkins was tapped to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.
President Obama said, “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I know they will serve the American people well.”
The overall mission of the National Board of Education Sciences is to advise and direct the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education. Also, the IES has a goal of providing education leaders and practitioners, parents and students, researchers, and the general public with unbiased, reliable, and useful information about the condition and progress of education in the United States; about education policies, programs, and practices that support learning and improve academic achievement, and access to educational opportunities for all students.
Dr. Barbara Jenkins is one of four superintendents nationwide to be named a finalist for the 2017 AASA National Superintendent of the Year to be announced in March. She was recently named the 2017 Florida Superintendent of the Year.
Superintendent Jenkins leads the 10th-largest school district in the nation, serving 203,000 students with nearly 24,000 employees. She oversees a $3.9 billion budget, including $1.4 billion in capital projects. Dr. Jenkins is recognized by the College Board Honor Roll for aggressive increases in students taking Advanced Placement courses and passing the exams associated with the class. She has been commended by the Florida Department of Education as a District Data Leader for consistent and progressive use of data to drive learning initiatives. Under Dr. Jenkins’ leadership, Orange County Public Schools was the 2014 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education, for increasing student achievement while narrowing gaps among student subgroups.