Superintendent of Flint Community Schools
Superintendent Bilal Kareem Tawwab is the superintendent of the Flint Community Schools located in Flint, Michigan. He became superintendent of the 5,400-student district in September 2015 and oversees a budget of approximately $77 million. Mr. Tawwab brings a strong focus on educational leadership to his approach to school and district transformation. Superintendent Tawwab uses research-based interventions in the Flint Community Schools and is working to build capacity at all levels throughout the district. He has focused his attention in four specific areas: Eliminating the budget deficit, building teacher and leader capacity, using data to make decisions, and effective and efficient systems.
Previously he served as the assistant superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools. In this role, he provided leadership for the district’s Office of School Turnaround, with responsibility for overseeing the district’s priority schools, state school improvement grants, supervising non-priority school principals, and mentoring school leaders in areas of academics, operations, and fiscal management. Under his leadership, 12 of Detroit’s 36 priority schools had their priority designation removed as a result of improved student achievement.
Superintendent Tawwab began his career as an elementary teacher and has held roles as a teacher facilitator, assistant principal and principal. Mr. Tawwab holds a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor of science in elementary education. He is a member of various organizations including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association of Black School Educators.