Superintendent of Schools
Anthony Hamlet, Ed.D
Dr. Anthony Hamlet was sworn-in July 1, 2016, to a five-year term as Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. He comes to the District from Palm Beach County, Florida, where his career as an educator began with his work as a case manager and behavioral specialist with a county mental health unit. From there, he held positions of teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, and District Administrator.
Having worked in affluent and impoverished districts, in high-achieving and failing schools, Dr. Hamlet has helped to transform the learning environment in dozens of urban and suburban schools. He is a natural leader in challenging educational settings, connecting ideas, people and resources, and allowing others to develop their strengths and take ownership of their work.Dr. Hamlet has proven success with positively impacting all students and creating a school environment conducive to cognitive and effective learning. His work earned him five awards as Principal of the Year in Florida from various organizations, including the state Department of Education.A native of Palm Beach County, Dr. Hamlet attended the Palm Beach County Public School system. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies from the University of Miami in 1992; a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2003; and his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova in 2007. His continuing education experience includes Harvard University’s School Turnaround Leaders Course in 2014, and the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy Certification Program in 2015.
Before choosing a career in education, Dr. Hamlet played three years of professional football as a defensive end with the National Football League (Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts) and the Canadian Football League (Winnipeg Blue Bombers) in the early 1990s. While in college, Dr. Hamlet played for the Miami Hurricanes.
Actions the Superintendent has taken to date to meet the District’s vision for all students include:
- Expanded the Superintendent’s Cabinet to include more administrators who work directly with principals and students with special needs.
- Re-routed school bus routes to deliver reliable transportation to the District’s most vulnerable youths.
- Updated the District’s decade-old PreK-5 English Language Arts curriculum.
- Established an Assessment Team to address a lack of formative assessments.
- Developed a plan to provide up-to-date technology in every PreK-8 English Language Arts classroom and increased the District’s bandwidth.
- Increased nursing support on every campus.
- Embedded positive behavior supports and interventions in every school.
- Increased library services.
- Launched Phase 1 of restorative practices expansion to all schools.
- Hired four regional attendance assistants allowing school counselors more time to focus on supporting students.
- Elevated the oversight of Professional Development to an Assistant Superintendent.
- Created two new content specific coaching roles - English Language Arts and Mathematics.
- Increased opportunities for job-embedded professional development and teacher support increasing the number of half-days for students from two to eight.
- Authorized the creation of a data department, giving educators information related to assessment, attendance, academic performance, absenteeism and other critical data.
- Introduced new codes of conduct that differentiate between the PreK-5 and 6-12 age groups.
- Launched the district-wide Student Advisory Council to ensure that students have a voice at the highest level.
- Expanded the number of Learning Environment Specialist 3 – 6 to provide training based on school level needs regarding student behavior.
- Hired a Community Schools Coordinator and designated nine Community Schools locations (four new site managers).
- Implemented a K-2 suspension ban for non-violent offenses approved by the Board of Directors.
- Certified 18 staff members as Restorative Practice trainers.
- Established a partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates bullying prevention program, Shred Hate in 22 schools.
- Rolled out Active Shooter Training at all schools and in Central Office.
- Launched new five-week intensive summer development camp for students who partially meet the CAS criteria through CAS Summer Dreamers.
- PPS Salutatorians and Valedictorians receive guaranteed admission and financial aid at the University of Pittsburgh through the Pittsburgh Public Scholars to Pitt program.
- Launched New CTE Early Childhood Program.
- Piloted the Dynamic Learning Project, a national program supported by Google and Digital Promise that empowers teachers to leverage technology and improve education equity, at three PPS schools (Pittsburgh King PreK-8, Pittsburgh Langley K-8, and Pittsburgh Schiller 6-8).
- Awarded a grant from the 1Million Project Foundation to provide at-home high-speed internet service to students in need.
- Met 91 out of the 137 recommendations by third party educational experts from the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) in five areas as of October 2019:
- Organizational Structure and Staffing
- Curriculum/Instructional Programming and Alignment (including English Language Learners and the Program for Students with Exceptionalities (PSE)
- Budget and Business Services
- Data, Research, Evaluation and Assessment
- Disciplinary Procedures and Protocols
- Released On Track to Equity: Integrating Equity Throughout PPS is a comprehensive implementation plan that seeks to reduce racial disparities throughout the District and elevate the achievement levels of African American students.
News and Updates
PublicSource - February 14, 2018 - Could Anthony Hamlet's staunch focus fix legacy problems at the Pittsburgh Public Schools?