Robert M. Stonehill
Robert M. Stonehill is a managing director at AIR. In his current role, and in his previous role as chief program officer at Learning Point Associates (which merged with AIR in August 2010), Dr. Stonehill is responsible for development and oversight of a range of projects to support effective implementation and outcomes of education policies, programs, and initiatives at the national, state, and local levels. He provides guidance in developing, managing, and evaluating national education initiatives to improve teaching and learning in high-need schools and communities, and is a nationally recognized expert in designing, implementing, and evaluating afterschool and expanded learning enrichment programs. He also serves as senior advisor in designing, implementing, and evaluating national, state, and local initiatives to address the challenge of providing highly qualified and effective teachers, particularly in STEM subject areas, and to establish performance-based compensation systems for educators.
Before joining Learning Point Associates, 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. He managed a $6.2 billion portfolio of programs to support improved teaching and learning in high-need communities, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) afterschool program. The 21st CCLC program, which Dr. Stonehill directed since its inception in 1997, provides more than $1 billion a year to support afterschool programs in high-poverty areas and was the winner of a 2002 Public Service Excellence Award.
In earlier work at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Stonehill managed the regional educational laboratories and the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), where he helped pioneer the use of the Internet as a way to reach practicing educators.