Meet Dr. Davis

DeWayne D. Davis, Ed.D., CBO (Chief Business Official) has been an educator for 29 years.  He began his career as a classroom teacher educating students in some of Los Angeles’s most underserved communities.  Proven successful improving student outcomes in the classroom, he then became State and Federal Program Coordinator serving schoolwide groups of students deemed “at-risk”or “behavioral issues”.  Student outcomes excelled far beyond district expectations.   Promoted, Dr. Davis entered into school administration as an Asst. Principal, focused on curriculum & instruction/teaching & learning.  He rebuked the long-held positioning of Black male administrators as primarily disciplinarians.  Having proven large groups of students considered “at-risk” or “behavioral issues” could be academically successful, Dr. Davis, grounded his belief that the best discipline plan IS a solid academic and instructional plan that challenges and engages students.  He was that kid!

As Principal for 11 years, Dr. Davis has proven successful throughout LAUSD and more specifically many Board District One (1) schools. Consequently, he became the subject of the study, Measures That Matter: Why California Should Scrap the Academic Performance Index, completed by the independent think tank, Education Sectors “that challenges conventional thinking in educational policy” and found on EdSource.   The study was used as supporting research for LAUSD’s, Academic Growth over Time (AGT) student performance model and challenged the California Department of Education’s (CDE) statewide student performance model. Additionally, Dr. Davis has served as Director of Instruction, Executive Director-Secondary Education, Asst. Superintendent-School Performance, and Deputy Superintendent/CBO-Strategy & Accountability.

Currently, Dr. Davis is an Educational Strategist in the areas of school operations, school finance and instructional delivery assisting struggling school organizations and districts. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Columbia University-Teachers College (NY) in the doctoral program teaching School Transformation; a Boardmember for the Urban Education Leaders Collaborative; an Advisory Boardmember of the Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute of CSU, Dominquez Hills; and, Chair of its Anti-Racism Committee. He holds a Doctoral degree in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University and completed his research on school reform.

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“Dr. Davis Possesses Extensive Knowledge In The Areas Of Leadership… Implementing Comprehensive Information And Data Systems And Working Effectively With Others To Improve Organizational Leadership”

 -D. Brawley, Supt.-Compton Unified

Education & certifications
  • Data Analytics & Strategy Certification, Harvard Business Analytics Program Harvard University (expected ’23)
  • Professional Educator Licensure- Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education ‘16
  • Chief Business Official Certification (CBO)-School Business Management Program, University of Southern California, ‘12
  • Ed.D.-Institutional Management EOM in Resource Allocation, Pepperdine University, ‘07
  • M.A.-Educational Administration/Administrative Service Credential, California State University, Northridge ’95
  • B.A.-History/Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential Social Studies and English authorization, California State University, Northridge ’92
Positions held
  • Deputy Superintendent/CBO-Business Services, Human Resources & Information Technology, Waukegan Public Schools
  • Assistant Superintendent-Performance and Planning, Portland Public Schools
  • Senior Executive Director-Secondary Education, Compton Unified School District
  • Director-Secondary Instruction, Central District Office, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Principal, Audubon Middle School
  • Principal, 54th St
  • Principal, Century Park
  • Principal, Raymond Ave
  • Assistant Principal, Grape Street
  • Assistant Principal, Crozier Middle School, Inglewood Unified
  • Categorical Program Coordinator, Monroe Middle School, Inglewood Unified
  • Teacher, Monroe Middle School, Inglewood Unified
  • Teacher, Inglewood High School, Inglewood Unified
Honors and Awards
  • Certificate of Recognition Award, Illinois School Board Education
  • Certificate of Excellence Award, ASBO International
  • Educator of The Year, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
  • Middle School Principal of The Year, Association of California School Administrators
  • California Distinguished School Award Recipient
  • Title One Achievement School Award Recipient
  • Educator of The Year, Stoval Educational Foundation
  • California Association of School Business Officers, Member
  • Association of School Business Officials International, Member
  • Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Member
  • Society of Human Resource Management, Member
  • Philanthropy Alliance Foundation, Advisory Board member
  • Urban Education Leaders Collaborative, Board of Directors
  • Association of California School Administrators, Board of Directors
  • American Association of School Administrators, Member
  • Mervyn Dymally Political and Economic Institute, Advisory Board member
  • The College Board-Academic Assembly, Representative
  • 100 Black Men of Los Angeles Inc., Educational Board Member
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Member
School Transformation Presentations
Sub Label
  • Urban School Turnaround: Mission Impossible?, The Superintendents Roundtable, New York, Ny.'12
  • Transferring School Success. Presented at School Success Forum,
    Los Angeles, Ca. March ’11,
  • School Turnaround Efforts in Los Angeles: Policies and Practice.
    Presented at the American Association of School Administrators, Los Angeles, Ca. February ’13,
  • Perceptions of Elementary Teachers of a School-wide Reform: Ex Post Facto. Presented at the AmericanEducationalResearch Association, San Francisco, Ca. April ’05
Race & Equity Moderator
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  • For Colored People Only: a 3 Part Series on Anti-Racism
    Moderated for CSU, Dominguez Hills, Carson, Ca. February ‘21, April ’21, March '22 Moderator