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Learning Point Associates Appoints New Chief Program Officer

Dr. Robert Stonehill, Former U.S. Department of Education Official, to Lead Afterschool Work

March 12, 2007

Robert Stonehill, Ph.D., has accepted the position of chief program officer at Learning Point Associates. His 30-year career at the U.S. Department of Education positions him to add expertise, oversight, and further development of the fast-growing afterschool work at Learning Point Associates. Dr. Stonehill has been successful as a program leader and contract manager and has deep education content knowledge related to teacher quality, leadership, afterschool programming, literacy, and school improvement.

“We have watched and respected Bob Stonehill's work at the U.S. Department of Education for many years,” said Gina Burkhardt, CEO of Learning Point Associates. “His passion for high-quality education for all children aligns with our vision, and his background in research and evaluation will strengthen our commitment to bring research-based strategies to practitioners to inform education improvement efforts.”

Dr. Stonehill will be based in the Washington, D.C., office of Learning Point Associates. He will be building on the successful work of the afterschool team that includes the well-known Beyond the Bell® product series—a trusted, timely suite of resources for afterschool program managers.

“I am excited by this new opportunity to help local communities implement research-based afterschool activities that not only help children learn but help them develop positive social, athletic, and artistic skills,” said Dr. Stonehill.

Most recently, Dr. Stonehill was the deputy director for Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, where he provided leadership for achieving key policy objectives of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. Among other activities, Dr. Stonehill directed initiatives to ensure that all classes are taught by highly qualified teachers, supported the reform of educator compensation through the recently enacted Teacher Incentive Fund, and managed the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program that provides afterschool enrichment activities.

In earlier work at the Department of Education, Dr. Stonehill managed the Regional Educational Laboratories and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), where he helped establish the use of the Internet as a way to reach practicing educators. He earned his doctorate in educational research and his master's degree from the University of Colorado–Boulder and his bachelor's degree from Queens College, City University of New York.

About Learning Point Associates
Learning Point Associates is a nonprofit educational organization with more than 20 years of direct experience working with and for educators and policymakers to transform education systems and student learning. Our vision is an education system that works for all learners, and our mission is to deliver the knowledge, strategies, and results to help educators and policymakers make research-based decisions that produce sustained improvement.

Learning Point Associates manages a diversified portfolio of work ranging from direct consulting assignments to major federal contracts and grants. Our professional staff of 150 continues to grow as our work expands both nationally and internationally with offices in Naperville, Illinois; Chicago; and Washington, D.C. Since 1984, Learning Point Associates has operated the regional educational laboratory serving the Midwest—initially known as the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory® (NCREL®) and now known as REL Midwest.

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