Steve Murley, Career Readiness: Going from Abstract to Concrete

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices.



In this episode, we are joined by Steve Murley, the Superintendent of Schools for the Iowa City Community School District. A central focus of this episode is on how to leverage community partnerships to impact his students’ college and career readiness. Through partnership with local universities and businesses, his students are able to gain more exposure. At the same time, he shares concern about the ability to help students transition from an abstract understanding of different careers to one that is more concrete and informed.





About Steve Murley


Steve Murley was appointed to the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Iowa City Community School District July 2010. Prior to joining the District, Steve served the Wausau School District (WI), the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools (WI) and the Neenah Joint School District (WI). Steve has served as a teacher, coach, athletic department administrator, building administrator, director of human resources and employee relations, and superintendent. Steve has also been active as a graduate school faculty member having taught at the University of Iowa in the Educational Policy and Leadership Studies Department, the University of Wisconsin — Superior in the College of Education in the Educational Administration Department, and the University of Wisconsin — Oshkosh in the College of Education and Human Services in both the Department of Human Services and Professional Leadership and the Department of Educational Foundations.


As Superintendent of Schools, Steve is involved in many community organizations focused on providing resources and opportunities to the children of the greater Iowa City Area and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Iowa City Community School District Foundation, the Iowa City Area Development Group, and Iowa City Area Junior Achievement. He has been active in professional organizations at the local, state, and national level including the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on College Readiness, the United States Department of Education Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, the American Association of School Administrators, the Urban Superintendents of America Association, the Horace Mann League, the District Management Council, the Iowa Association of School Boards, the School Administrators of Iowa, and the Iowa Urban Education Network. He is the past president of the Wisconsin Association of School Personnel Administrators and the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators.


Steve has a deep and abiding commitment to public education and developing the next generation of leaders who will serve our students. He mentors serving and aspiring superintendents and school leaders through AASA and other national programs including the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program.



About Iowa City Community School District


The mission of the Iowa City Community School District is to ensure all students become responsible, independent learners capable of making informed decisions in a democratic society as well as in the dynamic global community. This is accomplished by challenging each student with a rigorous and creative curriculum taught by a diverse, professional, caring staff and enriched through the resources and efforts of families and the entire community.


ICCSD serves over 13,000 students and is the 5th largest school district in the state of Iowa. The District covers roughly 133 square miles with 17 preschool sites, 20 elementary schools, 3 junior high schools, 2 high schools, and 1 alternative high school. Both of its comprehensive high schools rank in the top 5 of best high schools in the state and its ACT test scores sit well above the average for both the state and the nation. ICCSD aims to create an exemplary school district that is acknowledged for the caliber of its graduates, the quality of our staff, and the excellence of its programs.



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