Oregon Department of Education

Deputy Superintendent's Biography

Salam Noor Dr. Salam Noor was appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction by Governor Kate Brown effective July 1, 2015. Salam is serving as Oregon’s second appointed head of the Oregon Department of Education following 2011 legislation which made the Governor the Superintendent of Schools with the authority to appoint a Deputy to run the Department.

In his role as Deputy Superintendent, Salam oversees the education of more than a half-million students in over 1,200 public and charter schools. He works closely with Chief Education Officer Lindsey Capps on implementing changes to the state’s education system to better align services, supports, and funding from pre-kindergarten through higher education to help the state reach its 40-40-20 goal.

In addition to the education reform efforts currently in place, key priorities include ensuring students enter school ready to learn; a strong focus on literacy, especially at the early grades; educational equity and closing opportunity and systems gaps; implementation of new college- and career-ready standards and an aligned assessment; supporting educators in providing high-quality instruction in every classroom in the state; and ensuring Oregon graduates leave our schools prepared for their next steps.

Salam comes to the Oregon Department of Education after years of experience throughout the education system. He most recently served as the Director of Academic Planning and Policy for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer for the Salem-Keizer School District, the state’s second-largest district. During his time at Salem-Keizer, Salam implemented effective strategies focused on improving outcomes for students, including expanding full-day preschool programs that ensured students who have historically been underserved were ready for school and on track with their peers; the development of an early college high school model and the creation of a new Career Technical Education Center in cooperation with local industry; new program models to increase English language acquisition for emerging multilingual students; and professional learning communities that empowered teachers and school staff.

No stranger to the workings of the Oregon Department of Education, Salam previously served as an Assistant Superintendent in ODE’s office of Educational Improvement and Innovation. In that role he led work around Closing the Achievement Gap; the Oregon Literacy Initiative; and a redesign of the Oregon diploma and graduation requirements that raised the bar for Oregon students. He has also taught education and political science at several universities, including Portland State, Western Oregon University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. A Fulbright Scholar, Salam earned a doctorate from the University of Utah; master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Washington University; and a certificate from the Harvard University Executive Leadership Program.