May 8, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Glenwood Springs Post Independent "Stein picked to head Re-1 schools"

Again, the congratulations for a new era in the RE1 school district goes to the voices that finally banded together in all kinds of ways and just said NO MORE.

From the sounds of things and a little easy research, Dr. Stein looks like an excellent replacement.

We have far more serious issues in our schools than ever get reported in our local newspaper.  Turning blind eyes and ears to serious concerns is never a constructive path.

Stein appears to have the leadership skills that the school district needs. 

John Stroud:
"Stein, 52, is a 1978 graduate of Manual High School in Denver. He taught at CRMS, an independent college preparatory school in Carbondale, in the 1980s and now serves on the CRMS board of trustees.

Five years ago, he left his position as headmaster at Graland Country Day School, a prestigious private school in Denver, to rebuild his alma mater after Manual had been closed due to persistent low test scores.

During his stint as principal at Manual from 2007 to 2010, the school employed a model similar to ones used in successful charter schools to re-establish Manual as a top performer within the Denver Public Schools system.

Since 2010, Stein has been working as a consultant for two national education programs, Get Smart Schools, where he worked to design a principal training program, and Expeditionary Learning, where he implemented a new school development strategy.

“The entire board felt like Rob brought a wealth of experience to our district,” Re-1 board president Hamilton said. “Either of the two finalists could lead from day one, and we were fortunate to have two phenomenal candidates.”

Stein's understanding and involvement in Colorado's changing public education system gave him the edge, Hamilton said.

“Rob brings a deep passion for education to our district, while being focused on ensuring all kids leave our schools with skills to be successful,” he said. “The board looks forward to working with Rob as we build one of Colorado's most respected public school systems."

While teaching at CRMS, Stein married his wife, Mariah Dickson. They now have two children, Eliza, who is a high school junior, and Max, who is in the seventh grade.

“We had always talked about returning to the Roaring Fork Valley if the opportunity presented itself,” Stein said Monday. “This seems like the right challenge for me. It's a good district that is performing well, and also has some particular challenges that fit with my own interests....." (Read more?  Click title)

"Unapologetically pursuing and tracking patterns within the news others make since 2010."

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