L. Karen Monroe, Superintendent of Schools
The Superintendent of Alameda County Schools works to ensure that every student benefits from a quality education, no matter what their social condition may indicate about their chances for success. She is the chief administrator for the County Office of Education and operates educational programs for students not served by district schools, including justice-involved, pregnant and parenting, foster and homeless youth, as well as infants with special needs.
While many policies regarding school districts are made at the local level by elected school boards, policy areas regarding the fiscal health and basic educational standards of districts require oversight by the County Superintendent. The Superintendent also provides support and guidance for the school district operations in Alameda County including training and support services.
The County Superintendent also leads initiatives that enhance student academic achievement, such as promoting quality preschools and integrating arts education into the comprehensive school curriculum.
Messages from Superintendent Monroe
It is already October and time to celebrate at our annual Alameda County Teacher of the Year awards ceremony! Over the last few months, Alameda County Board of Education Trustees and I have visited the classrooms of our school districts’ Teachers of the Year, watching students and staff enthusiastically fine tune the rhythms of great teaching and engaged learning.
Welcome back to school! I hope you had a great summer reenergizing and refocusing. I had the great opportunity to be a part of the work in progress at the many workshops, planning sessions, and advisory groups that took place this summer. It has been inspiring to hear dedicated, bright minds strategize solutions for improving the educational experience of all our students.
Amazingly, another school year is coming to a close. This is a time for pomp and circumstance as students proudly walk across the stage to accept well-earned diplomas. Whether matriculating to college or work, advancing to high school, or entering middle school, our students are making strides towards new opportunities. Congratulations to all the Alameda County graduates moving into their next phase of life!
This coming week, May 2-6, is Teacher Appreciation Week. I am excited to celebrate Alameda County teachers and invite you to join me in expressing gratitude for our teachers who engage the learners in their classrooms today to be the citizens who engage in our communities tomorrow.