Mary Ann Dewan

County Superintendent of Schools


Education Columnist

Columns contributed third Monday of every month

Mary Ann Dewan, Ph.D. the Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, has served in education for over 33 years.

Her distinguished work in education is grounded in her commitment to serve the community and a mission that is anchored in diversity, inclusion, equity and partnership. She is a strong advocate for the expansion of early learning care and education, inclusive education, youth health and wellness, civic engagement and digital equity. Dr. Dewan believes in providing each and every child opportunities that promote high quality, equitable and inclusive experiences.

​Dr. Dewan has served in a variety of leadership roles, which have led to several local and state recognitions, including the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Commendation in 2019, the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) Outstanding Instructional Leader Award, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President’s Medal for Exemplary Service During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, and the 2021 Region 8 ACSA Superintendent of the Year Award. Dr. Dewan earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Indiana State University.


Dewan: Our youth need climate resilient schools

The recent winter rain offers potential drought relief, but the severity of the storms had detrimental impacts throughout the state, including power outages that disrupted learning. Locally, several schools experienced closures due to storm related power outages. Schools have faced several years of ongoing disruption to learning from the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires, poor air quality,...

Dewan: Public school accountability system restarts

The COVID-19 pandemic affected education services and student learning worldwide. It also interrupted the statewide data collection, assessment and accountability systems for our public schools. Last week, the California Department of Education released the 2022 California School Dashboard. The dashboard is one part of California’s comprehensive accountability system for schools. The dashboard reflects data from the...

Dewan: More arts funding coming to California public schools

Only about one in five California public schools have a full-time arts or music program, and these programs are typically the first to be reduced from school budgets during economic downturns. Prop. 28, the Arts and Music in Schools Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act, is poised to change that. Beginning next year, the state will be...