Robert M. Stonehill, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor
Robert Stonehill

Robert M. Stonehill, Ph.D., is a managing director at the American Institutes for Research and is responsible for a range of projects at the national, state, and local level that support the effective implementation of education policy and reform initiatives. He develops, manages, and evaluates national education initiatives to improve teaching and learning in high-need schools and communities, and is a recognized national expert in the areas of educator effectiveness, compensation reform, and expanded learning. Currently, he serves as director or senior advisor to several projects that are addressing the challenge of designing and implementing comprehensive educator evaluation systems that support career advancement opportunities and performance-based compensation incentives.

Before joining AIR, 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 annual portfolio of programs to support improved teaching and learning in high-need communities, including the ESEA Title II-A program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), and the Mathematics-Science Partnerships, among many others. 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 managing the ESEA Title II-A program, funded at nearly $3 billion per year, Dr. Stonehill worked extensively to monitor progress in every state to ensure that core academic teachers were “highly qualified” and that effective teachers were equitably distributed across districts and schools.

In earlier work at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Stonehill was director of the Regional Educational Laboratories program and the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), where he helped pioneer the use of the Internet as a way to reach practicing educators.