Steve Fleischman

Steve works with leaders throughout Education Northwest to build a vibrant, sustainable organization that meets our mission. He says his job is to be interrupted by others in the organization, so he can help them get their jobs done.

I love my job. I get to come to work every day knowing that I will be greeted by colleagues who care passionately about the work that they do. My job is simple: to help make them successful, so that together we can build stronger schools and communities.

Senior Advisor to the CEO

Blog Posts

If You Read Only One Education Book This Summer


July 6th, 2018

Steve Fleischman recommends Wildflowers, by Jonathan P. Raymond—a book that illuminates how a district put its whole-child credo into action and may inspire you to do more and better.

Fly Fishing and Evidence Use in Education


December 12th, 2016

After fly fishing on Oregon's McKenzie River, Steve Fleischman connects his experience to the Every Student Succeeds Act and the practical choices educators make when determining how rigorous evidence should be when planning their school improvement efforts.

Raising Kane, Again!


February 25th, 2016

Steve Fleischman responds to a critic's assertion on the status of education research and points to several examples of research consistently and effectively building local capacity of educators in the field.

Evidently Better: How the New Elementary and Secondary Education Act Can Support Educational Improvement


December 2nd, 2015

Steve Fleischman writes in praise of the new federal education law for its expansion of the use of evidence to drive school improvement.

In It With You, for the Long Haul


August 18th, 2015

Steve Fleischman reflects on how using research and evidence to provide an excellent education for every student was as important 50 years ago as it is today.

Raising Kane: The Value of Regional Educational Laboratories


March 12th, 2015

I was excited to read Thomas J. Kane’s March 5, 2015 piece for the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings on how to promote improvement in education. He had my attention from the title onwards, “Frustrated with the pace of progress in education? Invest in better evidence.” As someone who has...

How Researchers and Evaluators Can Support Collective Action


March 10th, 2015

Educators and community members often view evaluation in the same way as they think of the work of Dr. “Ducky” Mallard, the fictional medical examiner on the popular TV series, NCIS. While viewers may think that what Ducky does is important—examining corpses to determine their time and cause of...

136 Degrees of Separation? Not Really!


February 17th, 2015

At the beginning of our second annual Northwest and Pacific Equity Convening , I asked participants to shout out the temperature it had been at home the day before they arrived at our meeting in Honolulu. I wanted to see who came from the hottest and coldest location—to give folks a sense of the...

Evidence-Informed Innovation and Improvement


January 6th, 2015

Whenever I get together with my fellow members of Knowledge Alliance , we spend time discussing how research, evaluation, and data use can further support the improvement goals of state education leaders. Daily, staff from our nearly 20 member organizations help apply research and data to address...

Maze Runners in Education


October 1st, 2014

Have you seen The Maze Runner ? Here is a spoiler alert. I have not, so don’t read any further if you’re looking to learn more about this popular movie or book series. Sorry. However, hearing about the movie reminded me how much the effort to improve low-performing schools feels like trying to get...

‘How can we not?’ Why We Must Address Inequities


August 13th, 2014

Like many educators, I try to take time in the summer to reflect and recharge. For many of you, a new school year is about to begin—or already has. For others, the summer break will last just a few more weeks. I know that when I taught, this was when I asked myself, “How can I do better by my...

Tending the Flowers


July 1st, 2014

Flowers as symbols of life and hope This summer, we observe the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. My grandfather fought in that war. One of my most prized possessions is a commemorative picture of him (he’s on the right) and his friend, taken just before they left for the front...

Failure Is an Option


April 23rd, 2014

Does our fear of failure stifle our creativity and innovation? Focusing on failure may seem like an odd way to inaugurate a blog on strengthening schools and communities. But failure is a significant and everyday fact of life. As the pizza lovers among you might know, one major takeout chain has...