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April 15, 2009 > Local administrator named 'Superintendent of the Year'

Local administrator named 'Superintendent of the Year'

Submitted By Robin Michel

Christine Lim of San Leandro Unified School District has been named 2008 Superintendent of the Year for Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

"It is quite an honor to be nominated and chosen by my peers," she said. "As superintendent, I rely on a dedicated team of site and district administrators - my "Dream Team" - who are as passionate and committed to the equity work as I am."

The honor was awarded by the Association of California School Administrators Region VI. Lim will be recognized on April 24 at the organization's Annual Spring Conference Leadership Summit 2009 Awards Banquet. Region VI serves more than 1,300 administrators in both counties.

In 2006, Lim received the Region VI 'Valuing Diversity' award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to diversity and excellence in education for all students and educators. In 2007, she earned the President's Award for Courageous Leadership from the Southern Alameda County Alliance of African American Educators. Lim and four members of her equity team presented at the 2008 Summit for Courageous Conversations: Achieving Racial Equity and Excellence in Education, where she received the national Racial Equity Leadership Award.

Lim joined San Leandro Unified in 2003, when the Board of Education recognized the need to address discrimination and lead the district toward equity for all students. She immediately began developing an evolving multi-year equity plan for the district. It included formation of an equity team and training for teachers and staff to create awareness, sensitivity and strategies such as culturally responsive instruction to overcome racial discrimination and boost academic achievement.

Under her leadership, San Leandro received the highest gain of all 18 school districts in Alameda County on the 2007 Academic Performance Index. Total student achievement increased district wide, especially in the African-American and Latino student subgroups.

Now in its sixth year of this critical focus on equity, the superintendent and her team continue to deepen the conversation about race and achievement on regional, state and national levels. Recently, Lim served on an expert panel convened by State Superintendent of Schools Jack O'Connell to explore recommendations for culturally responsive professional development for all school personnel.

"To receive acknowledgement for this work that I love is gratifying," she said. "This recognition is made possible by the entire 69-member district-wide equity team, which is committed to closing achievement gaps and eliminating racial disparities that prevent all of our students-especially our African-American and Latino students-from achieving their full potential."

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