Welcome to the 2013-14 school year
Anchorage School District
5530 E Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99504-3135
Biography for Mr. Graff
Ed Graff was appointed superintendent of the Anchorage School District on March 18, 2013.
Mr. Graff began his teaching career in 1991 at Gladys Wood Elementary School. Nine years later, he became an elementary school principal in the district. In 2008, Mr. Graff was named executive director of Elementary Education. The following year, he became the Chief Academic Officer, a position formerly referred to as assistant superintendent for instruction. A graduate in Elementary Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Mr. Graff holds a Master's Degree in Education Administration from University of Southern Mississippi. He has post-masters coursework in curriculum, educational leadership and instruction. Mr. Graff has served on several boards and professional organizations, including Junior Achievement, School Business Partnerships and Alaska Learning Network.
Originally from Minnesota, he has lived in several Alaska towns and villages, including Hooper Bay and Savoonga. He is married to Michelle Prince, an ASD elementary school principal. They have one son.
I think we can all agree that this summer in southcentral Alaska has been one of our best to-date. I hope all of you had a fun and exciting summer break with friends and family. Next Wednesday, we welcome back the majority of our students, and the following week, we welcome back our youngest students.
I'm confident this is going to be a great school year. I'm proud of where we are going with Destination 2020, our strategic plan, as our guide. This plan outlines were we want to be by the year 2020 and provides a roadmap to help us get there. It calls for 90 percent of students proficient in reading, writing and math; a 90 percent graduation rate; and every student attending school at least 90 percent of the time.
I outlined where we stand in my State of Our Schools address to district leadership last month. I invite all of you to watch this presentation to learn more about where we are and where we plan to go.
Have a great start to the school year.
Destination 2020 is the district’s comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase student achievement. The plan focuses on improving the performance of every child to ensure at least one year’s academic growth each year. Destination 2020 is built on the district's mission, vision and core values as outlined by the school board.
Attendance matters every day, all day. Watch the video then Download the Attendance Matters flier (PDF)
Every minute counts. Watch the video to find out why it's so important for kids to arrive on time and not leave early.