Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D.

Chief Executive Officer
PDK International


Dr. Joshua P. Starr has been the Chief Executive Officer of PDK International since July 2015. Since then, PDK has relocated its headquarters to Arlington, VA, celebrated 50 years of the PDK Poll and 100 years of Kappanmagazine, expanded Educators Rising, increased foundation support for its programs, and renewed support for PDK members and other educator scholars. Under Dr. Starr’s leadership, PDK is transforming into a leading non-profit that serves K-12 educators who embrace the complexity of systems change by organizing around adult learning and are dedicated to standards of excellence and equity in order to better serve all of our children.

Prior to joining PDK, Dr. Starr was superintendent of schools in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland for nearly four years and previously superintendent of schools for Stamford, Conn., for six years. Dr. Starr began his career teaching special education in Brooklyn, N.Y. He then became a central office leader in school districts in the NY metropolitan area and then served in the New York City Department of Education.

Dr. Starr has a bachelor’s degree in English and History from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree in special education from Brooklyn College, and a doctorate in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Dr. Starr and his wife have three children in public schools.

About PDK International

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career.

We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work.

As a social sector organization, we elevate the discourse around teaching and learning with the goal of transforming the student experience to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.