Calvin Watts

Calvin Watts


Gwinnett County Public Schools

Dr. Calvin J. Watts has served as superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS)—Georgia’s largest school district—since July 30, 2021. A former GCPS leader, he rejoined the district having served as superintendent of Kent School District (KSD), the fifth largest and the second most diverse school district in Washington. At KSD, Dr. Watts led a bold strategic planning process; focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; and improved organizational effectiveness.

Prior to joining KSD, Dr. Watts served in GCPS for 13 years in varied leadership roles with increasing levels of responsibility. His education career also includes positions with the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Seattle Public Schools, Atlanta Public Schools, and Carrollton City Schools.A member of The Broad Academy Fellowship (2018-2019), he has a demonstrated record of success as an instructional, operational, and community leader.

He has presented regionally and nationally on a number of topics including equity, personalized learning, and parent engagement. Dr. Watts’ leadership philosophy always has been to reach and teach all students as if they had his last name. With this philosophy in mind, he and his wife have expanded their “family” to include the 180,000 children served in GCPS.He earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University, a master’s degree from the University of West Georgia, and his doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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Knife’s Edge: System Change in K-12

Coronado A, Level 4

Creating a Culture of Innovation and Equity