Talking About Education
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.
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