Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D., is a lifelong educator with 22 years of service in public schools. He became chief executive officer of PDK on June 29, 2015.
Dr. Starr began his career teaching special education in Brooklyn, N.Y. After attending graduate school, he served in various administrative capacities in urban/suburban districts in the New York metropolitan area, including as director of accountability, interim director of instructional technology and executive director for operations.
Dr. Starr served in the New York City Department of Education under Chancellor Joel Klein, first as deputy senior instructional manager in the Office of Programs, overseeing services for English language learners, special education, gifted and talented, instructional technology and early childhood. He then became director of school performance and accountability in the New York City Department of Education.
Dr. Starr was superintendent of schools in Stamford, Conn., for six years, and in Montgomery County, Md., for nearly four years.
Dr. Starr is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Brooklyn College, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
He has always sought to lead teams in applying innovation solutions to longstanding challenges in public education. Through a focus on equity, collaboration, community engagement and teaching and learning, Dr. Starr has been able to help school districts increase student achievement by improving systems that support all students.