Veteran Educators Tapped for Top Roles Running NYC Schools

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Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on Wednesday promoted two longtime, local educators as deputy chancellors of the Department of Education, in a move she said signaled a new tone.

Fariña tapped Dorita Gibson, already a deputy chancellor for equity and access, to serve as senior deputy chancellor in charge of all aspects of school support, including superintendents, networks and school communications.

And she appointed Phil Weinberg, principal of the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn, deputy chancellor for teaching and learning. Weinberg will oversee performance and accountability, Common Core initiatives and curriculum and professional development for teachers.

Fariña has said that improving professional development was an immediate priority. In that vein, Weinberg named Anna Commitante as executive director of curriculum, instruction and professional development. 

All of the new appointments have about 30 years of experience -- each -- working in the school system.

“This is a new era for our schools, and these appointments send a clear message: our focus is on improving each and every classroom across the five boroughs," Fariña said in a written statement. "Having three educators with such extraordinary expertise about our city’s schools will help us channel all of our energy into quality instruction."

Gibson's previous position was created in 2011 by then-Chancellor Dennis Walcott to oversee work with both the Young Men's Initiative and District 79, the network of alternative schools and programs that help students stay on track to graduate high school. That portfolio will stay under Gibson in her new role. 

"I’m honored to take on this role as Chancellor Fariña’s second in command," Gibson said. "My plan is to support schools no matter what their challenges may be – instructionally, operationally, or otherwise. As I work to support all of our schools, I will lead by listening. We’re taking a new tone – and we plan to back it up with action.”

As for salaries, Gibson currently makes $192,528 while Weinberg makes $150,926. It is not clear yet if the new titles came with raises.