Dr. R. Stephen Green – Superintendent, DeKalb County School District
Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green, Ed.D., was appointed superintendent of the DeKalb County School District effective July 1, 2015. Dr. Green previously served for nearly four years as superintendent of the Kansas City Public Schools. Under Dr. Green’s leadership, KCPS earned provisional accreditation from the state, scored three consecutive balanced budgets and perfect financial audits, and stabilized enrollment. The gains made by KCPS were attributed to Dr. Green’s “laser-like focus on increasing individual student achievement.” The goal, Dr. Green would argue, is to produce great adults, not great test-takers.
Prior to assuming the superintendency in Kansas City in 2011, Green was president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc., a comprehensive academic enrichment and scholarship program that provides tutoring and life skills support to students from middle school through college. Dr. Green served as Superintendent of Community School District #28 and a Local Instructional Superintendent in Region 3 for the New York City Board of Education. In this role, he provided instructional leadership and support to the 34 schools in the district, and worked with a team of school administrators to ensure instructional improvement among the 142 schools in the region.
Dr. Green also served as the President and Executive Director of the New Jersey Teaching and Learning Collaborative, a not-for-profit organization founded to provide ongoing technical assistance, high quality curriculum-driven professional development, and advocacy for local and state policy reform – all toward the goal of improving teaching and learning in New Jersey’s districts.
As National Executive Director of the CollegeEd Program for the College Board, Green’s leadership focused on helping middle school students understand the importance of a college education and the many options available to them.
He has served as the National Executive Director of School-Level Services, as the National Director of the Pacesetter Program, and as Associate Director for Pacesetter Planning and Development for the College Board. He also served as Assistant Superintendent, as High School Assistant Principal, and as Middle School Assistant Principal for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indiana.
Dr. Green taught high school and college-level English literature and composition for 13 years at Pike High School, Indiana University, and Butler University. He has served as the Director of Minority of Student Affairs at Butler University and as an Instructional Superintendent for the New York City Board of Education.
Dr. Green received a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and Composition and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Ball State University and his Principal’s Certification from Butler University. He received a doctorate degree from Indiana University in 1995 with two majors: curriculum and instruction and education administration; and an honorary doctorate from Northwest Missouri State University.
Dr. Green has been a frequent presenter at national conferences, addressing issues of educational equity, access, and achievement in school curriculum design and reform. He has been featured in several educational training productions such as Discipline with Dignity, Touching the Future: Minorities in Education, Pacesetter, and CollegeEd.
He is an active member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; the National Council of the Teachers of English; the American Association of Secondary School Administrators; the Association for Supervision Curriculum and Development, and the National Council on Educating Black Children.
Dr. Green is married, and has four children and four grandchildren.