Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent of Schools


Superintendent's Book Club 

More than 100 people attended Superintendent Joshua Starr’s Book Club held on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The book discussed was “Making Hope Happen,” by Shane Lopez, a senior scientist with Gallup, who joined Dr. Starr and other panelists for the event. A webcast of the event is now available on the Book Club website.

Strategic Planning Framework


Strategic Planning Framework

The Board of Education has approved a new Strategic Planning Framework that will guide the work of MCPS in the coming years. The Framework, Building Our Future Together: Students, Staff and Community, incorporates the three competencies that students need for success in the 21st century—academic excellence, creative problem solving, and social emotional learning—as well as a continued commitment to operational excellence.

Comunity dates

Dates Set for Superintendent's Community Days

The Community Days are an opportunity for Dr. Starr to spend a day meeting with staff, visiting schools, and hearing from parents. Each Community Day will end with an evening Town Hall event during which the public can ask questions and sharing thoughts and ideas.

Superintendent's Book Club


Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success

This episode features a comprehensive look at the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) Program, whose goal is to provide a seamless pathway from high school through college completion. ACES is a collaborative program among Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery College, and the Universities at Shady Grove. ACES will focus on identifying and supporting students who are underrepresented in higher education and those who are the first in their family to attend college.

SOTS

'MCPS Super- a Tv Show hosted by superintendent Joshua Starr

Community

Community Engagement

  • Community Days
    Find a Community Day event in your cluster and share thoughts and ideas with Dr. Starr
  • Listen & Learn
    Watch videos of the events held in MCPS high schools
  • Spring Forums
    Learn about the latest education trends and research
  • State of the Schools
    Get up to date on the state of MCPS schools with Superintendent Starr
  • Student Town Hall Meetings
    Students - Make your voice heard! Ask a Dr. Starr a question, give feedback, and help improve MCPS

Education

Talking About Education

Recent Publications

SPostcard cover 

Dr. Starr and Dr. Thessin, associate superintendent for professional development and school support, have contributed a chapter entitled “The District’s Role in Leading Improvement: Professional Learning Communities as the Starting Point” in the book Postcards from the Schoolhouse—Practitioner Scholars Examine Contemporary Issues in Instructional Leadership (Kim Kappler Hewitt, Cherese Childers-McKee, Elizabeth Hodge, and Rhonda Schuhler, eds.; NCPEA Publications, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 2013)

Superintendent's Reading List

Dr. Starr frequently shares articles and books he finds interesting and informative on Twitter and during meetings with staff, students and the community. This list will be updated monthly, at least, so check back to see what the superintendent is reading.

Presentations

Watch videos of Dr. Starr's recent appearances and presentations to Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA), the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), and others.

About Dr. Starr

About Dr. Joshua Starr, Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Joshua P. Starr began his tenure as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) on July 1, 2011, and has worked tirelessly to provide all students with an education that prepares them for success in the 21st century. He has worked collaboratively with staff, students, and the community to develop a Strategic Planning Framework for MCPS that is aligned with the skills and knowledge students will need in college and the work place—academic excellence, creative problem solving, and social emotional learning.

Dr. Starr is a strong advocate for educators and school staff and believes the best way to improve education is to improve teaching and learning for every student. He has been widely recognized for his efforts to engage the community in a variety of ways, including student and parent town halls, book clubs, podcasts, and the use of social media.

Prior to joining MCPS, Dr. Starr was the superintendent of Stamford (Conn.) Public Schools, and held executive-level positions in urban and suburban districts, including New York City Public Schools. Dr. Starr began his career as a special education teacher in New York City and holds a doctorate degree in administration and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Contact us

Contact Us

Office of the Superintendent of Schools

Carver Educational Services Center
850 Hungerford Drive, Room 122
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-279-3205

Dr. Andrew Zuckerman, Chief of Staff
Phone: 301-279-3383

Mr. Brian K. Edwards, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 301-279-3145

Mrs. Sandra L. Napoli
Administrative Services Manager IV
Phone:  301-279-3383

Mrs. Debra Hollander
Copy Editor/Administrative Secretary
Phone: 301-279-3381

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