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Getting it Done: Strategy Consultant for School Reform and Innovation

[Current Clients 2013-2014 | Advisories | Organizations I Like | Past Clients]

Knowing what to do on school reform and innovation is critical, but "getting it done" is what it is all about. A successful initiative takes vision and plan, and coalition building, funding approval, implementation, and sustainability.

Bob Pearlman is a Strategy Consultant for school reform and innovation, assisting key reform initiatives around the country.

Pearlman has been a key leader of educational reform efforts nationally in a unique 40-year career as a teacher, Co-Director of Computer Education, teacher union leader and negotiator, Foundation President, Director of Education and Workforce Development, and Co-Leader of one of the nation's largest new school development organizations..

Pearlman’s experience and expertise includes Whole District Reform, New School Development, Business-Education Partnerships and coalitions, School-to-Career and Workforce Development, Union—School District Negotiations, School Restructuring and Technology, Project-Based Learning, Professional Development, Educational Finance, and School-site Assessment and Accountability.

He is the former Director of Strategic Planning for the New Technology Foundation, President of the Autodesk Foundation, and former Director of Education and Workforce Development at Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network.

Pearlman has been a leader in building coalition organizations that bring together educators, business, labor, and community leaders to support education reform. Key coalition organizations have included the Los Angeles Compact, Bay Area School-to-Career Action Network (BaySCAN), the California School-to-Career Action Network (CalSCAN), Business and Education for Schools and Technology (B.E.S.T.), and the Boston Compact. The National Alliance of Business named BaySCAN its 1998 Local Coalition of the Year.

Bob Pearlman can be reached at bobpearlman@mindspring.com and 520-881-9965.

Current Clients 2013-2014

UNITE-LA / LA Area Chamber of Commerce - Senior Consultant since 2003 working on education initiatives in Los Angeles and in California.

Fielding Nair Internationsl (FNI) - Architects and Change Agents for Education. Senior Educational Consultant and Planner working with school districts developing 21st Century Schools.

Bloomfield Hills Schools, MI - Consulting along with Chris Hazleton to the district's Learning Services Team on readying teachers for the new Bloomfield Hills High School building opening Fall 2015.

San Carlos School District - Consulting with SCSD on developing and implementing the Implementation Plan for the district's 2013-2018 Strategic Plan.

St. Louis University High School - Outisde expert for the 21st Century Curriculum Committee for the year-long Imagining 18 Strategic Thinking effort.


EdLeader21 - Advisor to the national network of school and district leaders focused on integrating the 4Cs into education.

Innovative Schools, Delaware - Member, Advisory Board, to an intermediary organization that researches highly successful programs around the country and then works with national partners to customize and replicate these models in Delaware.

El Pueblo Integral / Paulo Freire Freedom School (PFFS), Tucson, AZ - Member, Board of Directors,to a non-profit organization seeking to promote powerful, transformative, teaching and learning within appropriately structured learning environments. For the 2014-15 school year, PFFS opened a second site focused on STEM immersion at City High School, with whom it is partnering to develop the City 6-12 STEM Complex. I also serve on the Advisory Board for the complex and the Capital Campaign Committee.

RE@L (Real Experiences at Life) - RE@L creates highly-engaging iPad apps that help kids learn more effectively. Led by a team of educators and learning technology experts with decades of experience creating pioneering digital learning tools including Oregon Trail and dozens of others.

Institute for the Future of Learning - IFL supports district and organizational leaders to build and lead sustainable change which transforms the factory model of education to a 21st century learning environment.

Organizations I Like

These are organizations I support and help.

International Telementor Program - ITP facilitates electronic mentoring relationships between professional adults and students worldwide. Since 1995 over 46,000 students throughout eleven countries have received support, encouragement, and professional guidance.

Think Forward Institute (TFI) - TFI is a dynamic PBL Institute from the expert PBL teaching staff of Manor New Technology High School, a 100% PBL school that incorporates 21st Century Skills in every project.

Engage to Learn - Engage! Learning provides K-12 educators with training, coaching, and resources to successfully create and sustain effective learning systems.

Past Clients

Napa Valley Unified School District, CA (NVUSD) - Consulted with the district leadership team to develop NVUSD 2015: 21st Century Learning Plan For a Student-Centered School District

Questar III and Capital Region BOCES / Tech Valley High School - Consulted with the two BOCES and TVHS on developing i3 innovation and SLC proposals on a Tech Valley STEMconnect Initiative to spread TVHS's innovative 21C STEM practices to schools across the Albany Capital Region (Tech Valley).

Lucia Mar Unified School District (CA) - Consulted with the district on its development as a 21st century School District.

Ponca City Schools (OK) - Consulted with the district on its development as a 21st century School District.

Past Client List (2004):

New Technology Foundation, Napa, CA
UNITE-LA, Los Angles
The Technology Initiative, Metro Southwest region, MA
Sacramento City High School Reform (e21)
LINC 2 the Future, Boston
TechBoston Academy
School, Birmingham, England
Homewood School, Kent, England

References available upon request.