William Spalding has been an educational leader, instructional innovator, and school reformer in six school districts for the past two decades. He has served in rural and urban settings, in large and small schools, and in broadly diverse communities. Throughout his career, Mr. Spalding has had a distinctive record of leadership in the development of high performing, reflective teachers and passionate advocacy on behalf of students and families.
Mr. Spalding has spearheaded curriculum reforms and has worked to increase the academic rigor in schools. At twenty-nine, he became principal of a junior/senior high school and brought comprehensive restructuring to the school, establishing a lasting partnership with the local community college and career pathways for students. In his other notable work in districts, Mr. Spalding has revamped English language learner programs to meet the needs of English learners more effectively; spearheaded efforts to develop district-wide common course and grade-level assessment systems;and developed and implemented successful school-wide intervention plans to move underperforming schools forward to higher achievement.
Most recently, Mr. Spalding has been adjunct university faculty in a graduate and credentialing program for teachers and has taught several courses to prepare new teachers for careers in public education. He codeveloped and taught an in-service program for new graduate school faculty in innovative instructional methodologies.
Mr. Spalding is a founding member of the principals’ anti-racist initiative Creating Equitable Bay Area Schools (CEBAS).
He earned his master’s degree in educational organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco.