Steven Hodas

Practitioner in Residence, Center on Reinventing Public Education

Twitter: @stevenhodas

For the past five years Steven Hodas has worked closely with numerous early-stage entrepreneurs, investors, and accelerators, and launched two companies of his own. From 2012 to 2014 he served as Executive Director of the New York City Department of Education's Office of Innovation as head of its Ecosystem Initiative, which seeks to foster smart demand and create new modes of problem-solving for departments of education. In that capacity he created the first-ever district software challenges as alternatives to procurement, the first test-bed collaborations between schools and early–stage education technology companies, and the first district API for student and system data.

While at NASA, Hodas built the U.S. government's first public website, connecting teachers and students with rich scientific resources to support innovative STEM education, and launching his career as an education technology entrepreneur. He went on to create the internet’s most popular sites for high school and college students and the first large-scale formative assessment and personalized learning platforms for school districts.

Changing Methods and Mindsets: Lessons from Innovate NYC

Author Steven Hodas shares his experiences working with the New York Department of Education to foster innovative practices and develop more nimble procurement procedures.

Redesigning the District Operating System

How ingrained district operating systems practices can interfere with policy goals and school-level initiative, and why we need to retool the DOS to enable dynamic problem-solving.

Apr 13 2015

CRPE practitioner in residence Steven Hodas is quoted in this Education Week article on blended learning.

Mar 7 2015

CRPE Practitioner in Residence Steven Hodas discusses centers for educational innovation in this Education Week article.

May 6 2015

Steven Hodas looks at the inner workings of a school district through the lens of the "district operating system."

Feb 16 2015

The "i" word is overused and misunderstood: Steven Hodas explains why we should instead be focusing on “dynamism,” a pragmatic approach to engaging with problems.

Jan 28 2015

Steven Hodas highlights how districts use regulations to keep the status quo in place, sometimes to bizarre extremes.

Jan 21 2015

Steve Hodas describes how NYCDOE's procurement policies undermine educator initiative and its own best interest to get high-quality people and products.

Jan 13 2015

A clash of work cultures in the NYCDOE was at the heart of challenges under Joel Klein's tenure, writes Steven Hodas.