S. Dallas Dance, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) since 2012, oversees the instruction of nearly 110,000 students in 173 schools, centers, and programs, and the work of more than 18,000 employees. Under his direction, BCPS adopted Blueprint 2.0: Our Way Forward, a five‐year strategic plan to improve academics, safety and security, communication, and organizational effectiveness in order to produce globally‐competitive graduates equipped with 21st‐century skills. To that end, Dance is leading the school system’s implementation of Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.), a multi‐year instructional digital conversion, and expansion of world languages instruction to the elementary level.
Dr. Dance was selected by colleagues in 2014 to serve on the executive committee of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) for a three‐year term. He also was appointed to the 12‐member board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and has been named one of eight eSchool News Tech‐Savvy Superintendents.
In 2013, Dance became one of 10 White House Connected Educator Champions of Change, and in 2014, President Obama appointed Dance to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
Dance received his master’s degree in administration and supervision and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Union University.