Los Angeles County Office of Education

10/15/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/15/2019 12:30

Compton school district chief named Los Angeles County Superintendent of the Year

Darin Brawley has been chosen to receive the 2019 Los Angeles County Superintendent of the Year award presented by LACOE. Brawley heads the 24,000-student Compton Unified School District.

LACOE Superintendent Debra Duardo presented the award Oct. 11 at the annual Superintendents' Professional Collaborative Conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in San Gabriel.

'This award pays tribute to the talent and vision of our district leadership,' Duardo said. The award recognizes an individual's leadership for learning, excellence in communication, professionalism and dedicated community involvement.

Brawley was nominated by Compton USD Board of Trustees President Micah Ali.

'Under Superintendent Darin Brawley's leadership, Compton Unified has undergone a renaissance - a dramatic turnaround that has taken Compton from the verge of state receivership and transformed it into a top-performing school district,' Ali wrote in his nomination. 'Superintendent Brawley has made a real, tangible impact on the community as well as the lifetime achievement of the students we serve … providing the leadership to mold Compton Unified into a force for advocacy on behalf of urban students everywhere.'

Brawley joined Compton USD as its superintendent in 2012, and since then academic achievement has been on the rise for all student groups as measured by state assessments. A steadily increasing number of students are finishing high school, with the current graduation rate close to 90 percent.

He has boosted investment in infrastructure and facilities, expanded dual language programs and established a culture of data-based decision making characterized by professional development for all staff and the infusion of trauma-informed practices and project-based learning.

Under his leadership, Compton USD launched a successful middle college whose 2018-19 cohort graduated with a 100% four-year college acceptance rate. Brawley also has deepened the presence of 'STEAM' (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) in every district school, established partnerships to eliminate barriers to college and careers and invested in civic engagement initiatives that create opportunities for students to participate in summer programs on Ivy League campuses.

Brawley began his education career in 2000 as director of Human Resources for Fontana USD. He previously served as superintendent of the Adelanto Elementary School District from 2009-12 where he also was a school principal.

He earned a master's degree in Educational Administration from CSU San Bernardino and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Brawley will receive a $1,000 grant for use in his district courtesy of the California Credit Union.

Photo: Compton USD chief Darin Brawley was named 2019 Los Angeles County Superintendent of the Year and received the award from County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo.