Mr. Michael Watson, a Delaware native, is currently an independent educational consultant. He has provided professional development services to schools and school districts in organizational and leadership management, performance management, administrator coaching, standards and curriculum alignment and execution, data-driven improvement models, building professional learning communities and professional development programming.
Previously, he led school and district improvement as Deputy CAO and Director of PLCs, Curriculum and Assessment for the Friendship Public Charter Schools, a network of charter schools in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Mr. Watson held a variety of roles as principal, assistant principal, state teacher mentor, and social studies teacher for school districts in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. While teaching, he also served as the vice president of a regional National Education Association and coached boys’ basketball and soccer and girls’ volleyball and tennis.
An invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences, Mr. Watson also has won several leadership awards, including the prestigious and highly competitive New Leaders for New Schools Fellowship and was named a Jack Kent Cooke Fellow. In 2005, he was co-awarded the ET3 TEC Championship Leadership Award by the Congressional Black Caucus for his work in American education.
Mr. Watson has a B.A. from the University of Delaware and an M.A. from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, both in History. He has an M.S.A in Educational Leadership and Administration from Trinity University.