David M. Steiner: The Independent Institute

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David M. Steiner
David M. Steiner

David M. Steiner is Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Professor, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the Maryland State Board of Education and former Commissioner of Education, State of New York. Additionally, he serves on the boards of Urban Teachers and Relay Graduate School of Education. He previously served as Commissioner of Education for New York State, as the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean at the Hunter College School of Education, and as Director of Education at the National Endowment for the Arts.

As New York State Commissioner, Dr. Steiner took a lead role in the successful $700 million Race to the Top application to support the redesign of state standards, assessments, and teacher certification requirements. His insistence on including major funding for curricula led to the launch of EngageNY, the nation’s most consulted on-line curriculum resource. Dr. Steiner’s work at Hunter College achieved national recognition for innovation in video analysis, clinically-rich teacher preparation (with New Visions for Public Schools), and a partnership with charter school networks which became the Relay Graduate School of Education).

Most recently, Dr. Steiner directed the CUNY Institute for Education Policy at Roosevelt House in New York, a venue that will continue to be used for public events by the Johns Hopkins Institute. Dr. Steiner consults regularly with the federal government, state education leaders, educational reform organizations, and universities. He has addressed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, and authored books, book chapters, and more than fifty articles. He holds degrees from Balliol College, Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) and Harvard University (Ph.D. in political science).