2855 Colonial Blvd • Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: 239.334.1102 • TTD/TTY: 239.335.1512
Our Vision: To be a world-class school system
Joseph Burke, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Lee County Public Education Center
2855 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Terry Wood, Executive Secretary
Phone: (239) 337-8301
Office Fax: (239) 337-8378 and (239) 335-1406
Joseph Burke, Ed.D.
Watch the Superintendent take the Oath of Office
The opportunity to serve as Superintendent of Lee County Public Schools is an exciting, once in a lifetime prospect. The Lee County Schools have become established leaders in the state and the nation in meeting high standards for students and staff. I would hope to capitalize on the established foundations and move the district to the next level of excellence in serving the diverse needs of the Lee County communities.
- ED.D Educational Leadership, Nova University, January 1992
- M.S. Educational Administration, Florida International University, June 1976
- B.A. Philosophy/History, College of the Holy Cross, June 1973
- Doctoral Practicum "Reducing the Number of At-Risk Students in Region V Secondary Schools, Dade County, Florida"
- Doctoral Practicum "Improving Mathematics Performance of Eighth Grade Students At Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Dade County, Florida"
August 2009 - July 2011
Superintendent - Monroe County School District
Appointed by Governor of Florida in August, 2009.
- Established a system of accountability (including performance-based evaluation;
- Aligned the organization to build capacity for emphasis on student learning and system accountability.
- Implemented teaching and learning strategies which improved student achievement in critical areas such as:
- Increased college readiness;
- Decreased achievement gap, especially for Hispanic students;
- Increased graduation rate;
- Increased advanced placement enrollment (35%);
- Improved school grades.
- Collaborated with all sectors of the community to improve transparency and communication, reestablish public confidence, and develop support for school and district initiatives.
- Secured $36 million in ARRA capital funds to build a new K-8 school facility at a net negative interest rate.
- Improved district funding through procurement of national and state grants such as:
- One of first eleven districts in Florida to receive full approval and funding of Race to the Top grant;
- Only small district in Florida to secure a Teaching American History grant from USDOE;
- Successful 13 grant from USDOE for Monroe County, Highlands County and Broward County to enhance Take Stock in Children activities.
August 27, 2008 - August 22, 2009
Region Executive Director, Florida Department of Education, Region 3
- Implementation of Florida's Differentiated Accountability Model; Review and approval of School Improvement Plans for lowest performing schools; Technical assistance and institutional support for 10 school districts in Central Florida
June 4, 2001 - June 30, 2008
Superintendent of Schools, Springfield, MA
Several major accomplishments are significant to cite as part of the Culture of Achievement theme of this superintendency:
- Successful negotiation of innovative performance-based contract with teachers and administrators.
- Steadily improving scores on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests;
- Specific improvements in achievement of African American and Latino students;
- Development and implementation of systemic curriculum initiatives: Reading Plan, Mathematics and Science Plan, English Language Learners Plan, Pupil Progression Plan, and Comprehensive Guidance Plan;
- Acquisition of the competitive Wallace Foundation L.E.A.D grant, and documented progress on leadership development benchmarks;
- Development and implementation of a citywide "campaign for proficiency" with broad-based stakeholder engagement and significant private and foundation funding (Step Up Springfield).
July 1997 - June 1, 2001
Administrative Director, Division of Mathematics and Science, Dade County Public Schools
- Major responsibilities - development of district-wide policies and curriculum in mathematics and science; Professional development related to Math and Science education; Implementation of NSF-funded Urban Systemic Initiative.
July, 1996 - July, 1997
Region Director, Personnel and Labor Relations, Region V, Dade County Public Schools
- Major responsibilities - Personnel procedures/practices and contract management for 58 schools (secondary and elementary), approximately 62,000 students. Line supervisor for 25 schools (secondary and elementary) Killian Feeder Pattern/Palmetto Feeder Pattern
November, 1993 - July, 1996
Region Director, Personnel and Labor Relations, Region II, Dade County Public Schools
- Major responsibilities - Personnel procedures/practices and contract management for 38 schools (secondary and elementary), approximately 47,000 students. Line supervisor for 19 schools (secondary and elementary) Norland Feeder Pattern/Miami Beach Feeder Pattern
2009 - Present
Monroe County Education Foundation - Board of Directors
2009 - Present
United Way of Monroe County - Advisory Council
2009 - Present
Leadership Policy Advisory Council on Assessment and Accountability - appointed by Education Commissioner
2009 - Present
Committee Member - American Cancer Society Annual Gala
Board of Directors, United Way of Pioneer Valley - Audit Committee
Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Public Leadership Series
Board of Directors, Jr. Achievement of Western MA
Advisory Board - Mass Business Alliance for Education
Board of Directors, National Conference for Community and Justice of Western MA
Board of Directors, Regional Employment Board of Western Mass.
Executive Committee, USP Superintendent's Coalition
Adjunct Professor - Nova/Southeastern University, Masters Degree Program Courses taught:
- Organization and Management of Schools
- School Budgeting and Finance
- School Leadership
2006 - President's Award, Massachusetts Assn of School Superintendents (For Outstanding Contribution to Public Education)
April 14, 2004 - Distinguished Academic Outreach Award - University of Massachusetts