Title: Deputy Superintendent of Academics
Company: St. Louis Public Schools
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Dr. Marion Smith Jr., deputy superintendent of academics at St. Louis Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational administration.
With more than 20 years of experiences leading and managing complex organizational growth and change in PK-12 education, post-secondary institutions and the EdTech business sector, Dr. Smith has garnered a lauded reputation in his professional career. Dr. Smith began his tenure as Deputy Superintendent of Academics of St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) July 2021. In this role, he has primary authority and accountability for the District’s educational programming with an emphasis on learning, teaching, school improvement and student achievement. He provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for the District’s Academic Office which includes the departments of Curriculum & Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Gifted Education, Professional Development, School Leadership, Special Education, Virtual Learning and ESOL/Bilingual/Migrant programs impacting over 23,000 PK-12 scholars across 68 schools. Prior to joining SLPS, Dr. Smith served as Superintendent of Schools of Summit School District in Summit County, CO where he oversaw the learning of 3,400 scholars and led over 650 employees with an annual general operating budget of $42 million. He was the 1st Black administrator and 1st Black superintendent in the 150-year history of the school district. Additionally, as a leader of adult professional learning, Dr. Smith is the founder and chief learning strategist of Educate to Liberate Consulting (E2LC), a learning-focused consulting group founded, led and operated by men of color scholar-practitioners who apply critical pedagogy, critical race theory, adaptive leadership, systems thinking and anti-racist practices to work with individuals, organizations and communities to surface and address systemic inequities. He is also the co-author of the Racial Equity Adaptive Leadership (R.E.A.L.) Framework.
Dr. Smith was drawn to his profession due to his belief in the transformative power of education. Many people throughout the world have encountered barriers to a quality education due to race, socioeconomic status and language acquisition and he remains unapologetic about his life’s work to dismantle and reimagine the inequitable systems, policies and procedures that have created this situation. Throughout the course of his own educational journey, Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2002, a Master of Arts in Education Administration & Supervision with Principal K-12 certification from the University of Phoenix- Las Vegas campus in 2004, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership & Change from Fielding Graduate University in 2010. In 2016, Dr. Smith attended the Harvard Institute for Superintendents and District Leaders, and was an inaugural graduate of The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Urban Superintendents Academy at the University of Southern California (USC)– a cross-institutional partnership that offers a dynamic approach to urban superintendent preparation and certification to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas.
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