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Dr. Steven Paine

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Senior Advisor
Partnership for 21st Century Skills


A consummate life-long educator, Dr. Paine has held numerous positions of leadership in the private and public sectors.  Prior to joining P21, he served as Senior Advisor to the McGraw-Hill Education Research Foundation and as a senior level Vice President for CTB/McGraw-Hill, the assessment company within McGraw-Hill Education.

From July, 2005 to January, 2011, he served as West Virginia's 25th state superintendent of schools. Under his leadership, West Virginia was internationally and nationally recognized for its 21st century learning program entitled Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it. Led by Paine, West Virginia transformed the rigor and relevance of its public school instructional program with the goal of providing all West Virginia children the skills that would enable them to excel in a fiercely competitive global world. West Virginia's Global21 program specifically focused on the development of internationally rigorous and relevant curriculum standards; a balanced assessment strategy; research and performance based instructional practices; an accountability system based on multiple measures of student performance; aligned teacher preparation and professional development programs; establishment of a 21st century leadership development continuum; emphasis on high quality pre-K programs; and integration of technology tools and skills in every classroom.

While state superintendent, Dr. Paine was active in national education policy discussions as past president and board member of the Council of Chief State School Officers, as a member of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) Board of Directors and as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board and High School Readiness Commission.

He joined the West Virginia Department of Education in 2003 as the Deputy State Superintendent of Schools after serving as Superintendent of Morgan County Schools in West Virginia. He has also served as principal, assistant principal, teacher, and curriculum director in Upshur and Harrison County School Systems. As a result of his work as principal, he was named a recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Dr. Paine is the Chief Academic Officer for Engrade, an education technology company based in Santa Monica, California.

Dr. Paine earned his undergraduate degree from Fairmont State University, in Fairmont, West Virginia. He furthered his education by attending West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he received his master’s degree in educational administration and his doctorate in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction.