Dr. Barry Stern is senior adviser to the Haberman Educational Foundation and principal of his own consulting firm that specializes in high school transformation, workforce development, industry-education partnerships and collaborative planning. His clients have included agencies in several states and foreign aid programs. Previously, he was director of planning and research at Macomb Community College, director of policy and planning for the Michigan Department of Career Development, and U.S. deputy assistant secretary of education, where he administered the $1.4 billion federal program in career-technical and adult education and was an early and effective advocate of career pathways/academies and school-to-work programs. His career has also spanned school and hospital administration, administration of employment-training programs, high school and college teaching, running an international youth development project, and public policy research and evaluation for the U.S. secretaries of Labor and Education.
Dr. Stern led efforts to design and implement Michigan’s strategic planning initiative in 25 regions which resulted in unprecedented collaboration and alignment among local schools, colleges, employers, city and county governments. He recently completed for the Utah commissioner of higher education a data best practices study of 11 states in aligning educational supply with occupational demand.
The governor of California appointed Dr. Stern to the State Job Training Coordinating Council. He is a member of the Evans-Newton Inc. (ENI) High School Advisory Board. He has written over 80 published articles and editorials on school reform, technological education, school-to-work transition, worker retraining, skill and performance standards, educational and career information systems, and jail education. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University in Education and International Development, M.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and B.S. from Springfield College, MA.
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