Steve Klein

Steve is a nationally recognized expert with over 30 years of experience in career technical education and workforce development. He leads organization-wide efforts to develop business and relationships with potential funders and leaders of federal and state education agencies. He also directs or provides content support for 19 cross-center projects. Steve specializes in the creation of education accountability and finance systems; policy analysis, research, and evaluation; and the delivery of technical assistance to help states and local providers align their secondary and postsecondary career education and workforce development systems. He also has extensive experience managing large-scale federal research and evaluation studies designed to strengthen youth and adult education and training to improve transitions to college and careers. Steve holds a Ph.D. in educational policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s in educational leadership and baccalaureate degree in the biological basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.

Because everyone should be passionate about what they do for a living, I help youth and adults obtain the academic knowledge and technical skills they need to make informed decisions that enable them to make seamless transitions within and across educational levels and into meaningful careers.

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Blog Posts

Experience Matters: Scaling Workplace Learning for Youth

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September 12th, 2021

After-school employment has great potential to reinforce and expand on classroom learning—if students, educators, and employers collaborate.

Educating Youth for Careers: Are We Overprescribing the Pathway?

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July 25th, 2021

Approaches to career guidance have swung from focused study to broad experience and back again. So what’s the best way for students to find the work they really want to do?

Looking Ahead: Future Proofing the U.S. Education System

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April 23rd, 2020

The U.S. educational system is now experiencing a test run for the future. COVID-19 has demonstrated that despite the widespread use of online learning in many educational settings, we are still woefully unprepared to meet the needs of all students in such an environment. When students do return to...

Leveraging Reauthorization of Career and Technical Education Legislation to Improve Program Performance

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December 12th, 2018

Reauthorization of federal CTE legislation offers states an opportunity to rethink their CTE performance indicators. Steve Klein provides a set of principles to help guide states' work.