Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in History - University of Delaware; Master of Arts in History - Shippensburg University; Masters of School Administration in Educational Leadership/Administration - Trinity University.
Michael Watson, a Delaware native, is currently the Chief Academic Officer for the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE). He leads the Teaching and Learning Branch whose mission is to work collaboratively with schools and districts to continuously and significantly improve student achievement. Mr. Watson oversees the largest branch at DDOE with direct responsibility for the State’s College and Career Readiness agenda for all students from the earliest learners through college, including Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development; Common Core Standards implementation; Next Generation Science standards adoption; CTE and STEM initiatives; the Higher Education Office; the Exceptional Children Resources Work Group; the Early Development and Learning Resources Work Group, and Educational Technology.
Before joining DDOE, Mr. Watson led school and district improvement as Deputy CAO and Director of PLCs, Curriculum and Assessments for the Friendship Public Charter Schools in Maryland and Washington, D.C. which grew under his leadership from five to eleven schools. Previously, Mr. Watson held a variety of roles as principal, assistant principal, state teacher mentor and social studies teacher for traditional school districts in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. closing large achievement gaps in each position.
An invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences, Mr. Watson 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.