Dr. Steven T. Webb became superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools in July 2008. He joined the district as deputy superintendent in 2006.
A native of Washington State, Webb grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Bethel High School. He earned an educational doctorate from Seattle University, a master of arts in teaching from Lewis and Clark College, and a bachelor of arts in politics and government from the University of Puget Sound.
Webb has a distinguished 33-year career in public education in Washington and California, serving as superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent for secondary learning and technology, principal and assistant principal, high school teacher and coach. He is the 2017-18 president of the Washington Association of School Administrators. Webb also is a member of Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, the Western States Benchmarking Consortium, the Coalition for Community Schools, the Horace Mann League and AASA’s Digital Consortium.
Webb was named the 2016 Washington State Superintendent of the Year and was one of four finalists for the National Superintendent of the Year. Also in 2016, Webb was named a Leader to Learn From by Education Week, and he received the Community Schools Superintendent Leadership Award from the Coalition for Community Schools; Institute for Educational Leadership; and AASA, The School Superintendents Association. In 2015, Webb received the Horace Mann League Ambassador Award, and was named a Future Ready Leader by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, the Education Research and Development Institute awarded Webb with the prestigious Mike Kneale Educational Excellence in Leadership Award in 2016. In 2014, Webb was one of eight public school leaders in the nation selected by eSchool News as a Tech-Savvy Superintendent. In 2011, he was honored with the Leadership Through Communication Award given by the American Association of School Administrators, National School Public Relations Association and Blackboard Connect. Webb also received the 2011 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators.
Webb is a frequent presenter at state, regional and national conferences and is a published author in professional journals. He is a hands-on leader who regularly visits classrooms at 37 school sites and periodically works the various jobs of the district’s 3,400 employees.
Webb is involved in the community through many civic organizations. He currently serves on the boards for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, and he is a member of the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council.
On the Job with Steve
To better understand the contributions of VPS employees, Superintendent Steve Webb works various district jobs on VPS’ own reality show!
Positive relationships bolster students when their focus is lagging, or life intervenes in challenging ways, and let them know that we want every one of them to be successful.
Fifteen Alki students from the leadership class and structured communication program worked through a series of warm-ups and stretches. Then they moved onto skills: those that can be used in soccer, like passing, as well as social skills that can be used off the pitch.
Over the next six years, you’ll see a lot of changes around the district as every single school and other facilities are rebuilt or renovated.
Let’s go back to the year 1956. Eisenhower was in the White House. “Heartbreak Hotel” topped the charts. America’s Oldest Teenager Dick Clark picked up a gig hosting “American Bandstand.” A loaf of bread cost about 18 cents.
Art is not a thing; it’s a way. That’s what writer Elbert Hubbard believed, and the same could be send of an arts education: It’s a way of learning—a lesson in how to look at and think critically about the world. The arts are vital to educating the whole child.
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In the media
Superintendent Steve Webb and Chief of Staff Tom Hagley will present two EdTalk sessions on the district’s community schools focus and work to support families and remove barriers to learning.
Bullying or any form of harassment in Vancouver Public Schools is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
Representatives from Vancouver Public Schools recently were invited to the 2017 AASA National Conference on Education to share best practices with other educators
In this article, Superintendent Steve Webb describes how Vancouver Public Schools uses data to measure student and organizational progress.