Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Welcomes Dr. Anthony Sims as Executive Director of School Improvement

  • Dr. Anthony Sims, a 2014 Harvard University fellow, will be joining ACPS this month as Executive Director of School Improvement under the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership.

    In this role, he will guide the division’s 18 school principals and their leadership teams as they strive for continuous academic improvement. As part of this, he will oversee the implementation of the school improvement plans to achieve specific performance targets and outcomes. 

    An experienced educator, Dr. Sims has extensive local, state and national training and consultative experience. 

    He has a proven track record of providing world-class leadership for practice innovation, professional development and policy guidance that enhance school improvement.

    His prior work in implementing equitable, culturally relevant and inclusive educational practices has advanced academic achievement and social outcomes for all students and aligns with the vision of ACPS.

    “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Anthony Sims to the ACPS family. He has a wealth of experience supporting and enhancing the work of educational leaders and will bring great benefits to our division as a whole,” said Dr. Terri Mozingo, chief of teaching, learning and leadership.

    Dr. Sims comes to ACPS from Bright Beginnings, Inc., a nonprofit organization that operates early childhood and family learning centers for children and families experiencing homelessness in Washington, D.C. 

    Serving as director of organizational learning and chief data officer, he led strategic planning, organizational development and data management to create effective practices and innovations. 

    His other work has included roles as a systemic improvement specialist with Prince George's County Public Schools, Md. and a senior research analyst for the American Institutes for Research. 

    Dr. Sims was a 2014 Fellow at the Strategic Data Project, Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.

    An accomplished writer and author of articles, technical reports and edited readers, he is also a conference speaker with national and international presence. 

    Dr. Sims is a psychologist by training, and holds a P​h.D. in School Psychology, an M.E​d. in Counseling Psychology, and a B.S. in Psychology, all from Howard University.