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    Guadalupe Guerrero

    Superintendent

    Portland Public Schools

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Guadalupe Guerrero currently serves as the Superintendent of Portland Public Schools (PPS), the largest school district in Oregon. With Guerrero in his fifth school year with PPS, the district continues its steadfast effort to reimagine the school system, ensuring every one of its graduates is prepared to lead change and improve the world.

    Under Guerrero’s relentless leadership, PPS is attempting to lean into its expressed commitment to its foundational and enduring belief in racial equity and social justice.

    During his tenure, the district has established a community-created vision and articulated a multi-year strategic plan. He has been a vocal proponent of key initiatives, including establishing a K-12 climate justice curriculum, expanding arts education and emphasizing the value of student voice in decision-making. While at the helm, Superintendent Guerrero has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic with an emphasis on continuity of learning while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

    In 2020, PPS secured a $1.2 billion school improvement bond — the largest bond in Oregon’s history. Under Superintendent Guerrero’s strategic guidance, the bond sets aside funds specifically to modernize the decades-old curriculum and accelerate PPS becoming a tech-enabled district.It also earmarks $60 million to develop the Center for Black Student Excellence, an emerging community-led concept that seeks to unify and elevate the educational experience of Portland’s Black children and their families, connecting schools and community-based organizations in Albina, Portland’s historic Black neighborhood.

    As the first Latino superintendent of PPS, Guerrero brings more than 25 years of experience, as a teaching assistant, classroom teacher, school and district administrator, and most recently as Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD).

    Superintendent Guerrero was named the 2021 National Superintendent of the Year by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. A classically trained violinist, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA and two Masters degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He and his wife, a longtime elementary school teacher, have two children who are recent graduates of SFUSD.


Superintendent Videos

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  • A Note from the Superintendent: Appreciating our Teachers and School Administrators

    Dear Colleagues, 

    As Teacher and School Administrator Appreciation Week comes to a close here at Portland Public Schools, I want to share an additional personal note of gratitude to all our hard-working and dedicated professional educators and school leaders. While your commitment to our students is always evident, this past year with all of its challenges was truly unlike any other in our careers. The impact of this pandemic, economic crisis, and racial uprising, has required incredible flexibility, adaptation, and perseverance on your part. 

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  • A Message from the Superintendent: Yesterday's Verdict and Our Continuing Fight for Racial Justice 

    Dear Colleagues,

    The verdict handed down yesterday in Minneapolis brings a number of emotions that we and our students will need to process for some time. While I feel some sense of relief for the display of accountability for this case, I still yearn for true justice, when our systems and communities reflect our values that Black Lives Matter. We will witness true justice when brutality like that which was carried out against George Floyd is no longer a part of life in this country.

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  • Reflecting on César Chávez Day

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    In 2014, President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31st as César Chávez Day. Today we celebrate and honor the life and work of César Chávez who is considered by many to be the Mexican American hero of civil rights for farm workers and the migrant community. His legacy has become even more relevant during this pandemic. The many ways in which we depend on farm workers has been evident over this last year. Without a doubt, they are the foundation of our society and that without them, and without their work, we would be lost. 

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  • Superintendent Guerrero on the Horrific Violence Against Our Asian and Pacific Islander Community Members

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    I am devastated over the senseless acts of violence and hate toward the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Georgia, throughout the country and in our own community in Portland. As the Superintendent of the largest school system in Oregon, I strongly denounce this violence against our Asian and Pacific Islander community members. I am disheartened by the failure of recognition of our shared humanity. We hold the people and families impacted by these tragedies close to our hearts. 

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Contacts

  • Guadalupe Guerrero
    Superintendent
     
    Cheryl Pitman
    Confidential Executive Assistant