Steve Klein

Steve is the director of Learning Design and Development at Education Northwest. He has more than 25 years of experience improving the career preparation of youth and adults in partnership with federal and state education agencies and high school districts and colleges.

Steve specializes in the design of accountability, finance and career pathways systems for career and technical education and the evaluation of workforce policy initiatives. His passions include delivering customized technical assistance to support states in improving the quality and use of data, aligning education and workforce development systems to improve student transitions and using longitudinal data to assess program performance.

Steve holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

When not at work, he can be found in his workshop building arts and crafts furniture or practicing MIG welding.

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.

Director – Learning Design and Development

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Blog Posts

Experience Matters: Scaling Workplace Learning for Youth


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?


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


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


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.