Who is Dr. Demond Means?
Hello, my name is Demond Means. Thank you for visiting the website. Throughout my professional career, I have been a staunch advocate for educational equity. I firmly believe that if we work to eradicate inequities in our schools, our communities and nation will greatly benefit.
Since 1997, I have had the honor of serving in various administrative roles at the school and district levels. For the past 12 years, I have served as a superintendent. My interest and passion in achieving educational equity for all children has provided me unique opportunities to serve the state of Wisconsin and the nation. In 2010, former Governor James Doyle appointed me to serve as a representative for the state of Wisconsin on the Education Commission of the States. I also had the good fortune to serve my home state in chairing the Promoting Excellence for All Task Force. The findings of the task force have been used across the country as an example of practical strategies to close persisting gaps in academic and other student performance areas.
Finally, I worked alongside my fellow superintendent colleagues to form the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium. It has been a pioneer in providing high-quality, large-scale professional development across southeastern Wisconsin. As a consortium, we are proud of the work we invested in creating the African American Male Initiative and the African American Female Initiative. The AAMI and AAFI sponsor summer camps offering academic goal setting, pride in African American identify, coaching on how to advocate for services within your school, postsecondary planning, and career exploration.
I earned my doctoral and master’s degrees from Cardinal Stritch University in 2005 and 1997, respectively. I completed my undergraduate degree at Concordia University of Wisconsin in 1994. In my spare time, I enjoy reading non-fiction, watching vintage television shows, and spending time with my wife and daughter.