In this session, Dr. Joshua P. Starr, CEO of PDK International, will present the results of the 2020 PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Towards Public Education. This is the 51st year of the PDK poll, which is the longest running continuous poll of American's perspectives on public education. From school choice, to the use of standardized tests, diversity and the performance of the current administration, the PDK poll results inform the debate on public education policy and practice in unique ways.
Dr. Starr has been CEO of PDK International since 2015. He has transformed the 116 year old membership association into a vibrant non-profit that bridges research, policy and practice while preparing the next generation of teachers through the Educators Rising program. Dr. Starr is the author of the monthly "On Leadership" column in Kappan magazine and has published numerous op-eds, essays and book chapters. He spent 10 years as a Superintendent of Schools in two districts, Stamford, CT and Montgomery County, MD and began his career teaching Special Education in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of UWisconsin-Madison, Brooklyn College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, he and his wife have three kids in public schools.