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Dr. Joseph Wise

Joseph Wise is Superintendent for Duval County Public Schools, an appointment he began on November 17, 2005. A former Duval County Public Schools' student and Florida teacher, Dr. Wise leads the academic plans and programs and directs all strategic efforts designed to produce high-quality results for the district's 160+ schools, 130,000 students, and 14,000 employees.

Dr. Wise joined the nation's 20th largest school district with a wide variety of experience he gained while serving in educational leadership positions throughout the country. Over the past decade, Dr. Wise has served as superintendent of the Christina School District (Delaware); Associate Superintendent for Organizational Development, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Maryland); and Interim Senior Assistant Superintendent for Planning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools (North Carolina). Dr. Wise began his education career as a teacher in the Cobb County, Ga. schools and later joined the Orange County (Fla.) School District, where he was named Chairman of the Performing Arts Department and Director of Bands/Orchestra at Winter Park High School. He also was named Winter Park High School's Teacher of the Year (1985).

Throughout his years in Orange County, Dr. Wise worked in various capacities in education and private industry, including Senior Administrator of Human Resources, Chief Negotiator, and Director of Transportation Services for the Orange County Public Schools; Music Director/Conductor of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras; Director of Transportation Services for the Seminole County Public Schools; and Director of Resort Entertainment, Director of Employment, and Director of Organizational Development for The Walt Disney Company.

Much of the experience Dr. Wise gained while serving in the education industry contributed to his success as a nationally recognized consultant to public and private institutions. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of eSchool Solutions, Inc., a technology firm that provided services to more than 20,000 schools, and 530 school districts in 45 states and 3 Canadian provinces. The training and expertise Dr. Wise gained in human resources/consensus management, conflict resolution, organizational development/improvement, leadership, coaching/counseling, repositioning, re-engineering, and team health initiatives have earned him recognition by numerous trade publications including Entrepreneur Magazine (2001).

Dr. Wise has earned a variety of honors including being named the 2006 Champion for Children, a national award presented by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and HOSTS Learning Partnership. In addition, he has been named to the College Board's National Writing commission (2006), selected by the Eli Broad Institute for School Boards as a Broad Fellow (2005), appointed to the Eli Broad Urban Superintendents Academy as a Fellow (2003), and recruited to the academy's adjunct faculty and advisory committee. In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Wise has an extensive list of personal and community service awards for his dedication and support of music and community theater programs. He is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a founding member of the District Management Council (DMC), and maintains memberships with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), National School Boards Association (NSBA), and Education Research & Development Institute, Inc. (ERDI).

Dr. Wise holds a doctorate degree from the University of Florida, a master's degree from the University of Central Florida, and a bachelor's degree from Florida State University. He has also completed additional graduate work at Northwestern University and has earned the Philip Crosby and Associates Continuous Quality Improvement certification; DDI trainer certification in Targeted Selection and Interaction Management; and the certification to train executives in the methodology of the Harvard Negotiation Project.

When Superintendent Wise joined Duval County Public Schools, he developed a 100-day plan to identify the goals and objectives he sought to assess and accomplish during his first 100 days as superintendent.

The Superintendent's Entry and Learning Plan, November 1, 2005 (PDF)

The Superintendent's Entry and Learning Plan Action Item Results, April 4, 2006 (PDF)

The Superintendent's Entry and Learning Plan Report, November 2005 - March 2006 (PDF)

The Superintendent's Self-Evaluation (PDF)

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