Dr. Steven L. Paine, Former West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Elected to

Board of Directors of National Dropout Prevention Network

Clemson, SC—(August 27, 2015)—Dr. Steven L. Paine has joined the Board of Directors of the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN).  Paine, who served for six years as West Virginia’s 25th superintendent of schools, is a nationally recognized educator credited with transforming the state’s public school instructional program.

“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Paine as a new member of our Board of Directors,” said Bob Collins, NDPN Board Chair.  “He has dedicated his career to school system improvement and education public policy leadership for more than three decades.  His contributions and counsel are sure to benefit our current and future efforts to reduce dropout nationwide, and improve educational outcomes for all students.”

Paine is currently the educational innovation leader for BrightBytes, a San Francisco-based digital research company that has developed, among other technologies, an “early warning system” designed to predict, identify, and prevent dropout risk factors so that educators can intervene, drive graduation rates, and improve student learning outcomes.

“I’m pleased to be elected to the Board at such a dynamic time for the organization,” said Paine.  “I look forward to collaborating with the Board in furthering NDPN’s outreach to students, educators, and administrators in the ongoing effort to decrease dropout in every school district in the nation.”

A West Virginia resident for nearly 40 years, Paine earned an EdD in Educational Leadership Studies, and an MA in Educational Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.  He also holds a BA in Education from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, WV.

Paine has also been a vice president for CTB/McGraw-Hill, a senior advisor to the McGraw-Hill Education Research Foundation, and Chief Administrative Officer for Engrade, a digital start-up that is now part of McGraw-Hill.  In addition to education advocacy; school system improvement; and school, district, and state technology planning; Paine’s expertise includes knowledge of federal law and public policy regarding programs such as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

About the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)

Established in 1986 with a mission to reduce dropout rates, the NDPC/N shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and variety of professional development activities and conferences. The organization’s website — www.dropoutprevention.org — is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. The NDPC/N is housed in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University in Clemson, SC.