Steve Fleischman, a nationally recognized expert on evidence-based education improvement, has been named to head Education Northwest. The board of directors named Fleischman to succeed Carol Thomas, who is retiring after 17 years with the organization.
Fleischman will direct the organization’s programmatic work, which emphasizes school improvement, literacy services, and virtual technical assistance. Since 1966, Education Northwest has provided research, technical assistance, training, and evaluation services aimed at transforming teaching and learning in our region. Major projects include federally funded work assisting practitioners, policymakers, and national service volunteers in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and around the nation.
Before joining Education Northwest in 2009, Fleischman was a vice president at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where he created and led a number of U.S. Department of Education–funded school improvement projects such as the Comprehensive School Reform Quality Center, Supplemental Educational Services Quality Center, and the Scientific Evidence in Education Forums. He also provided senior leadership for AIR’s National High School Center, What Works Clearinghouse, Doing What Works, and several Regional Educational Laboratory and National Science Foundation projects.
Fleischman began his education career as a middle and high school social studies teacher. After leaving the classroom he served as deputy director of educational issues at the American Federation of Teachers and founding executive director of the Education Quality Institute. Since the mid-1990s, he has led or advised numerous national standards development, quality-setting, and school improvement initiatives.
“Steve has been a great asset to our organization, bringing tremendous passion, energy, and knowledge about improving education,” said outgoing CEO Carol Thomas. “He has already earned the respect of our staff and stakeholders throughout the region, and will continue to enhance Education Northwest’s reputation as the pre-eminent organization for transforming teaching and learning in our region.”