Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley

Dr. Alvin Crawley
  • The superintendent is the chief executive officer for the school division. The superintendent's mission is to ensure that:

    • every child in every classroom receives the highest quality education and instruction
    • safe and secure learning and working environments are available for all students and employees
    • the Alexandria City Public School system attracts and retains the best possible employees
    • all employees are properly trained through ongoing staff and professional development to stay informed of current educational trends and to develop new skills in their areas of expertise
    • state of the art technology is readily accessible to all students and staff
    • parent and community involvement in the educational process of our students is properly and continuously promoted and encouraged
    • all Alexandria City Public Schools are fully accredited

    Dr. Alvin L. Crawley

    A 37-year veteran educator, Dr. Crawley has extensive experience in fiscal management, strategic planning, policy development, program development, curriculum and instruction, professional development, special education compliance and monitoring, and student services.

    He came to ACPS after serving as Interim Superintendent of Schools in Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts with 205 schools, approximately 125,000 students, an operating budget of $1.6 billion and nearly 18,000 employees. Prior to joining PGCPS, Dr. Crawley served as Deputy Chief of Programming for the District of Columbia Public Schools Office of Special Education.

    He has held top roles for more than 15 years in Arlington Public Schools, including Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Director of Special Education. Dr. Crawley is a co-author of "Gaining on the Gap: Changing Hearts, Minds and Practice," which focuses on efforts by Arlington parents and staff to address the achievement gap between low-income students, students of color and their peers.

    Dr. Crawley's career has also taken him to Chicago Public Schools, where he worked as an Assistant Superintendent, and to Boston Public Schools, where he was an administrator. In addition to working in public schools as a teacher, speech-language pathologist and administrator, Dr. Crawley has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

    His numerous awards and recognitions include being selected for the Institute for Educational Leadership's superintendent preparation program, one of 12 people selected nationwide for the cohort group. He has received awards from the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI-Arlington); Arlington County Department of Human Services; Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families; and National Association of Pupil Services Administrators. He was also named 2016 Educational Leader of Northern Virginia by the Theta Tau Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Crawley has also participated on national expert panels hosted by the National Research Council, American Institutes of Research and WestStat. He has been a presenter at various state and national conferences, including those hosted by the National Education Association, Virginia Department of Education and National Association of Pupil Services Administrators.

    Dr. Crawley holds a bachelor's degree in communication disorders/education from Hampton University, a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Northeastern University and a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in instructional leadership and administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    ACPS State of the Schools 2016

    ACPS State of the Schools 2015


    Alvin L. Crawley, Ed.D., Superintendent
    Alexandria City Public Schools
    1340 Braddock Place, 6th Floor
    Alexandria, VA 22314