Obama appoints Jenkins to IES Board of Directors
President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins to key a Administration post as a member on the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.
“(Barbara Jenkins) brings a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to this important role,” Obama said. “I know (she) will serve the American people well.”
Jenkins has been the Superintendent for OCPS since 2012. She was named the 2017 Florida Superintendent of the Year. Jenkins previously served as the Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff for Orange County and oversaw five area superintendents and the Division of Teaching and Learning. She also served as president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents from 2015 to 2016. She was named CEO of the Year in 2015 by the Orlando Business Journal. Jenkins is a member of the Aspen Urban Superintendent’s Network. She received a B.A., M.A., and Ed.D. from the University of Central Florida.
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. They are independent and non-partisan. Their mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public.
IES conducts six broad types of work that addresses school readiness and education from infancy through adulthood and includes special populations such as English Learners and students with disabilities.
The White House Office of the Press Secretary and the Orange County Public Schools Media Relations Office contributed to this report.