The new Superintendent must be an expert relationship and consensus builder and have a deep understanding of how to navigate historical and current tensions and complexities. The San Diego Unified School District is committed to meaningful engagement with students, families, and our community. The Superintendent search is a community effort that included a 48-member Superintendent search Advisory Committee composed of stakeholders from across the city. The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) facilitated 34 community engagement sessions to inform the selection of the next Superintendent of Public Education.
The characteristics of the ideal candidate are as follows:
Commitment to Equity - Expected to lead the district efforts in eliminating barriers for our students of color, specifically, our Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students; students receiving special education services; and multilingual learners to ensure they are prepared for college or career as outlined in the Local Control and Accountability Plan.
Focus on the Development of the Whole Child - Understands the needs of students including, but not limited to, foster youth, gifted youth, socioeconomically disadvantaged youth, multi-lingual learners, immigrant and refugee students, students receiving special education services, students in transition, LGBTQIA+, youth connected with other non-traditional family structures, and military families.
Organizational Structures & Processes - Effectively leads a large organization. Organizes the district in conformity with appropriate board policies and administrative regulations and directs administrative staff in such a way as to best serve the school district and its students.
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San Diego Unified serves more than 121,000 students in pre-school through grade 12 and is the second largest district in California. The student population is extremely diverse, representing more than 15 ethnic groups and more than 60 languages and dialects.
Since its founding on July 1, 1854, the district has grown from a small, rented school building with one teacher to its current size—more than 226 educational facilities with 13,559 employees. Nearly 6,000 teachers are in classrooms at the district's various educational facilities, which include 117 traditional elementary schools, 9 K-8 schools, 24 traditional middle schools, 22 high schools, 49 charter schools, 13 atypical/ alternative schools and 5 additional program sites.
The San Diego Unified School District is proud to call itself one of the top large urban school districts in the United States. Measures include its top scores on state and national tests, its leadership in areas such as technology, curriculum, neighborhood and specialty schools, career-technical education and food services. Its graduates include Hall of Fame sports stars, along with some of the nation's top scientists, writers and leaders.
As the... district moves toward its bicentennial, the Board of Education has undertaken Vision 2020, giving the organization the flexibility to make sure its students are always ready for the future.