Dennis Chaconas’ experience in education spans over 45 years from classroom teacher to school superintendent. Currently Board Member, Senior Faculty Member, and School Improvement Coordinator for On The Move & Reach Institute for School Leadership, Dennis is responsible for initiating, developing and supporting small, innovative schools throughout the Bay Area. Dennis specializes in helping to ensure academic excellence and expanded opportunities for youth who are traditionally underserved through leadership coaching, and designing and implementing whole school improvement initiatives.
Previously, Dennis served as Superintendent of the Alameda Unified School District, engaging the District in systemic reform in order to dramatically raise student achievement. Dennis then moved on to served as Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District and was responsible for supervising and evaluating instruction at 96 schools for over 53,000 students. In 2004, Dennis was elected to the Alameda County School Board and worked with the County Superintendent of Schools to provide leadership, service, and support to districts and students of Alameda County. Dennis has also been a Professor Emeritus at Mills College, an Adjunct Professor at Harvard University, and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership, California Administrative Services Credential and California Life Secondary Teaching Credential.