Bio: Pamela Powell

Pamela Powell

Dr. Pamela Short-Powell is the Interim Superintendent for the Oklahoma City Public Schools and also the Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Powell serves as the Board of Education’s chief executive officer and adviser. She is responsible for the supervision and management of the day to day operations of school district and provides leadership and educational advice to the Board of Education, Administrators, teachers, support staff and community. She keeps the community informed about school operations and programs, policies and procedures, and changes that may impact the community at large as it relates to the community at large. She is responsible for the supervision and implementation of all programs including Academic Services, Business Services, Human Resources, Communication and Community Relations, Student Support Services, Superintendent Liaisons, Alternative Education, Special Education, Child Development, Patent Education, State and Federal Grants, Facilities, Labor Negotiations and Information Technology. She is a member of State Superintendent Sandy Garrett‘s Advisory and committee member for School Records for the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Prior to her appointment as Interim Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer of the Oklahoma City Public Schools, Dr. Powell was the Assistant Superintendent for Schools and Curriculum & Instruction for the Pasadena Unified School District. She was responsible for the design, delivery and implementation of curriculum and instructional programs. She monitored site administrators, teachers and support staff in the implementation and delivery of effective teaching strategies and practices within the curriculum of all academic, enrichment and extra curricular programs. Additionally, she was also responsible for the department of Special Education, Learning Materials, English Language Learners Program, Child Development, Consolidated Funding, Gifted and Talented (GATE), ROP, Career Academies, Health Education & Health Services, Parent Education, Student Support Services, 21st Century After School Programs, Visual and Performing Arts, Elementary and High School Counselors & Deans, and district-wide Professional Development. Dr. Powell has served on several national and state educational, social service and family support committees and Boards. . In 2001, she was appointed to serve on the State of California Master Plan on Education, School Readiness Committee. She is a visiting professor for University of San Diego and Azusa Pacific University. She has participated at various local, state and national conferences and seminars as a keynote speaker and presenter/facilitator on educational issues and concerns.

Prior to her appointment as an Assistant Superintendent, she was the Director of Elementary Instruction. In this capacity she coordinated and administered curriculum and instructional programs for elementary schools; provided technical assistance to the schools; planned and developed professional development programs; coordinated and directed leadership training for administrators; coordinated the District’s Science for Early Education program; developed the plan to provide support to schools in the implementation of Standards; administered and supervised the Child Development programs- including preschool, child care, child development, school-age parent and infant development and the Teen Pregnant Parenting programs; directs and coordinates the Best Friends Self-Esteem Program, and supervised the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) and Visual and Performing Arts.

She was principal of Cleveland Elementary School 1987-1994. Under her leadership as the principal of Cleveland, the school was awarded the California Distinguished School Award, I Have A Dream of Going to College program, National Education of Health Education Award, and a Healthy Start Grant to support the physical, emotional, economic, educational and social needs of children and their families. She was instrumental in Cleveland School being nominated to participate in a pilot program for a comprehensive health program awarded by the County of Los Angeles Supervisors. Other awards include the NAACP Distinguished Educator’s and Community Service Award, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Woman of the Year Award. Pasadena Links Educator’s Award, Pasadena Community College, Association of Black Employees Community Service Award, and the Pasadena Journal Educator’s Award to name a few. She is listed in Who’s Who in America and works with the National Organization of Best Friends, a teen pregnancy prevention program.

Dr. Powell served as a Human Service Commissioner for the City of Pasadena for six years - 1993 to 1998. In this capacity she worked with other community advocates to support “grass roots” programs that focused on the needs of children and families. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the San Gabriel Urban League, Day One Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Program, and Pasadena affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute. Prior to 1998, she was on the Board of Directors for Pasadena Planned Parenthood, California Child Development Policy Institute, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena Arts Commission and the Foothill Branch YMCA. Additionally, she serves on several community service committees in the area of fine arts, education, teen pregnancy prevention, health care and social services, church committees and law enforcement (intervention and prevention) programs. She has appeared on several television programs, radio talk shows, and has been featured in numerous articles and publications regarding her advocacy for children and her work as an educator.

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