By Christopher J. Steinhauser
Superintendent of Schools
As students head off to a well-deserved Thanksgiving week, I wanted to express my deep appreciation for everyone’s concerted efforts to support teaching and learning. Your hard work is making a huge difference. We were pleased to celebrate 35 of our schools this week for outstanding academic growth in English and math as we mark a fourth straight year of student achievement gains districtwide.
Celebrations are always fun, but they also serve a practical purpose here in the Long Beach Unified School District, sparking dialogue about what techniques are making the biggest impacts on closing achievement gaps. When we find a method that works well, we strive to replicate it more widely. This approach has helped our students to achieve greater gains than other large school districts in California. Ultimately our students are outperforming their counterparts statewide in terms of graduation rates and college-going rates.
These results require a tremendous team effort among our employees, parents, students and valued community partners under the guiding vision of our publicly elected Board of Education.
As superintendent, I often have the privilege of sharing your successes with educators in other school districts. Most recently our school district hosted educators from 12 states to discuss equity for all students. Each time I engage with educators from elsewhere, I am reminded just how special Long Beach is, and I develop renewed appreciation for our people.
Thank you to everyone who makes us proud to be LBUSD. Best wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving holiday.