Dr. Michael Klentschy is currently the Superintendent of Schools of the El Centro School District in El Centro, California. He has served in this capacity since February 1994. He has also served in teaching and administrative positions in the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1966 to 1985 and the Pasadena Unified School District from 1985 to 1994. He received his doctorate degree in educational research and evaluation from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He is also currently the Principal Investigator for the NSF funded Valle Imperial Project in Science LSC and Co-Director of the California Science Subject Matter Project Regional Center in Imperial Valley and the California Regional LASER Center. Dr. Klentschy served as Co-PI on several NSF funded elementary science initiatives with CAPSI at the California Institute of Technology. He serves on several advisory boards including CAPSI, National Science Resources Center-LASER, Center for Assessment and Evaluation for Student Learning, and the Exploratorium.
Dr. Klentschy is presently an instructor at San Diego State University Graduate School of Education, teaching and conducting research on alternate forms of assessment in elementary science. Dr. Klentschy is also part of a university research team studying the longitudinal effects of inquiry-based science programs on student achievement. He is also currently working with Dr. James Stigler from the University of California, Los Angeles in the development of video-based technology for preservice, professional development and lesson study applications.
Dr. Klentschy was named the Southern California Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators in 2001. The California Science Teacher's Association also acknowledged his efforts by naming him the Administrator of the Year in 2001. His latest effort is to serve as PI on a newly launched NSF K-8 Mathematics LSC (VIM) in Imperial Valley.