Dr. James R. Stone III

Tuesday General Session

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Dr. James Stone is a native of Washington D.C.. He grew up in Virginia where he later managed retail establishments for more than ten years, leaving that career to teach secondary marketing education in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. He earned his B.S. and Ed. D. degrees at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master's in School Administration at George Mason University. Stone has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota. He currently is a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville.

Dr. Stone was part of the University of Minnesota team that developed the successful bid for the National Centers in Career and Technical Education (1999). He initially served as the Deputy Director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education from 1999–2002 and then Director from August 2002 to October 2007. Stone led the University of Louisville group that successfully competed for the new National Research Center awarded by the USDE/OVAE that began operations on October 1, 2007 where he continues to serve as Director.

Dr. Stone has maintained an active program of research over the past twenty years. In addition to the Center grants, he has been responsible for more than $34 million in external grants focusing primarily on the role of schools in linking youth and adults to the workplace. He directed or co-directed eight studies in the National Center for Research in Vocational Education-University of California-Berkeley. He was the lead researcher on the Math-in-CTE study of contextualizing math in occupational curricula. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 reports of research, journal articles, or books. Twelve of his studies received awards for outstanding research. He has presented more than 350 papers, speeches and workshops including invited presentations in China, Japan and Taiwan. Previously he served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vocational Education Research and as Editor. During the 1990's Dr. Stone served as executive director for a regional heritage and arts center.

Beyond the traditional forms of disseminating research results, Dr. Stone has worked directly with schools, school systems, states and other organizations supporting efforts to improve occupationally oriented education. A few examples include working with:

  • Oakland California Public Schools helping to implement a community based, school-to-work plan that included career academy development and school-based enterprises.
  • Minneapolis high schools to develop a program in partnership with the American Indian OIC targeted at urban Indian youth.
  • Chicago Public Schools in a consulting capacity with their The Renaissance Schools Fund initiative and other CTE improvement efforts.
  • Illinois Moving High School Reform to Scale initiative sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School Forgotten Half project.
  • New York state Department of Education CTE Task Force

Dr. Stone serves on a number of CTE related advisory boards including:

  • National Center for Education Statistics-CTE Statistics Technical Review Panel
  • National Council on Workforce Education (NCWE)
  • ITEST learning Resource Center (NSF)
  • STEM Equity Pipeline National Advisory Board (NAPE)
  • ACTE Research Committee
  • Jefferson County Public Schools (KY) Vocational School to Career Task Force

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