As Executive Director, Stephen Schatz is responsible for overseeing all Hawai‘i P-20 programs and supporting the Hawai‘i P-20 Council. Hawai‘i P-20’s major programs include the Hawai‘i P-3 Initiative, which promotes partnerships within the early learning community to strengthen the continuum of early learning experiences for children, and college access initiatives such as GEAR UP, College Application and Exploration Season, FAFSA Cash for College and Dual Credit Initiative, all designed to increase student readiness for post-high school success. He also guides the inter-agency team, the Hawai‘i Data eXchange Partnership (Hawai‘i DXP), responsible for the statewide longitudinal data system to inform policy- and decision-making for the improvement of educational outcomes in Hawai‘i.
Stephen Schatz has 22 years of leadership experience in public education as a teacher, principal, complex area superintendent, assistant superintendent, and most recently as the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education Deputy Superintendent. As assistant superintendent, Mr. Schatz was responsible for implementing Hawai‘i’s $75 million Race to the Top grant in 2011. He also led the effort to develop a school accountability model that includes college-going rate, chronic absenteeism and ACT test scores as indicators of school performance, allowing more flexibility and focus in how school performance is measured.
Schatz received his Bachelor’s Degree from U.C. Santa Cruz and a Master’s in Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills.