Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent of Schools

Recruiting the Best

MCPS has launched a new initiative to increase the diversity of its teacher workforce. The Workforce Diversity Initiative aims to improve the recruitment, selection, development, and retention of diverse teachers in MCPS. Through this initiative, MCPS hopes to add more teachers of color and those who are multilingual to better reflect the community and the students it serves.


FY 2016 Recommended Operating Budget

Learn more about the $2.4 billion operating budget for next school year and how it will help MCPS manage its growth, narrow the achievement gap, and prepare students for higher expectations.

operating budget

Technology in the Classroom

This episode features a comprehensive look at a new technology initiative being launched this school year in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). This multiyear effort will provide students with access to mobile computers and a cloud-based learning platform that will enhance creativity and collaboration in the classroom.

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

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


Community Engagement


Talking About Education

Recent Publications

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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.


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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