The Director

Victoria L. Bernhardt, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Education for the Future Initiative, and Professor in the College of Communication and Education at California State University, Chico (Emeritus). Dr. Bernhardt received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology Research and Measurement, with a minor in Mathematics, from the University of Oregon. Her B.S. and M.S. degrees are from Iowa State University in the fields of statistics and psychology. Dr. Bernhardt has directed the Education for the Future Initiative, since 1991.

While working with schools in the Initiative, Dr. Bernhardt developed the concept of the school portfolio. In 1996, this work was named one of the top Business-Education Partnerships in the World when it received the NOVA Corporation Global Best Award for Educational Renewal and Economic Development. Dr. Bernhardt was the recipient of the 1995 McKee Foods Corporate Award for Partnership Leaders. In addition to receiving two dozen other awards, she has made numerous presentations at professional meetings and has conducted hundreds of workshops on the school portfolio and data analysis processes at local, regional, state, national, and international levels.

In 2004 Vickie was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Citation from her alma mater, Iowa State University. Vickie lives with her husband, Jim Richmond, in Paradise, California.

Dr. Bernhardt is the author of many books written to disseminate the research behind her work, and published by Routledge, Solution Tree, and ASCD.

Read the Quilt Story to gain insight into Vickie’s work with schools.

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Vickie has given educators at all levels the language and the tools for ongoing, comprehensive school improvement. Her commitment to education is selfless. Her passion for data analysis is contagious. We know her School Portfolio process and data analysis work is making a difference for both students and staff members in Missouri."

Judy English,
Former Assistant Director,
The Leadership Academy,
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education