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Immersive Music Challenge - Advisor Bios

 Chris Steinhauser


Christopher J. Steinhauser served as superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District from 2002 - 2020. The school district is California’s fourth largest, with about 70,000 students. With more than 39 years of experience in Long Beach’s diverse school system, Steinhauser has earned a national reputation for improving student achievement and closing achievement and opportunity gaps. Under Steinhauser’s leadership, the Long Beach Unified School District earned the national Broad Prize for Urban Education and qualified as a finalist for the award five times. In a 2010 report, McKinsey & Company, a trusted advisor and counselor to many of the most influential businesses and institutions in the world, named the Long Beach Unified School District one of the world's 20 leading school systems - and one of the top three in the U.S. - in terms of sustained and significant improvements. The school district was later listed among the world's top five school systems by the nonprofit Battelle for Kids organization.

LBUSD's students, 70 percent of whom receive free and reduced-price lunches, annually earn more than $100 million in college scholarships. Thirteen of Long Beach’s high schools were named in 2020 among the top 12 percent in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

To ensure that there were equitable outcomes for all students in the school system, Steinhauser implemented a continuous improvement process known as The Collaborative Inquiry Process/Quarterly Visits where teams of educators from different schools would visit each other’s schools to review student outcome data and observe colleagues' teaching. The purpose of this process was to make  real time changes based on formative assessment data to better meet the diverse academic and social/emotional needs of the students in the system. These site visits would occur three to four times per year.

Under Steinhauser’s leadership, the Long Beach College Promise was developed that became a model for the State of California and the nation on providing two years of free college to every student that enrolled in a community college upon graduating from high school. Since the implementation of the Long Beach College Promise, the college going rate for students in the Long Beach Unified School District has been consistently higher than the State of California and the nation. To ensure that all students were college and career ready upon graduation from high school, Steinhauser implemented industry based pathways systemwide through the Linked Learning approach to ensure equitable outcomes for all high school students.


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