Education for the Future

Over 25 Years of Service in Continuous School Improvement

Dr. Victoria L. Bernhardt, Author and Executive Director

Victoria L. Bernhardt

Victoria L. Bernhardt, Ph.D., has directed Education for the Future since its inception in 1991. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit initiative at California State University, Chico, Research Foundation. The not-for-profit initiative has a mission to build the capacity of learning organizations at all levels to gather, analyze, and use data to continuously improve learning for every student. 

Dr. Bernhardt is known worldwide as a leading authority on data analysis for continuous school and district improvement. She is the author of over 22 highly praised books on data analysis, school improvement, Response to Intervention, and more. Each of her books shows schools and school districts how to do the work themselves. Her workshops focus on building capacity to analyze and use data effectively. Dr. Bernhardt is a Research Professor (Emeritus) in the College of Communication and Education, at California State University, Chico.

Dr. Bernhardt’s books include RtI and CSI Response to Intervention and Continuous School Improvement, and Data Analysis for Continuous School Improvement, 4th Edition, published by Routledge, as well as Measuring What We Do in Schools: How to Know If What We Are Doing Is Making a Difference, published by ASCD. Visit our Publications page for a description of Dr. Berhardt's books.

Bradley J. Geise, Associate

Brad Geise

Brad has been with Education for the Future since 1995, providing support and consultation services to schools and districts who are intent on using data for Continuous School Improvement. 

Taking the show on the road, Brad regularly provides continuous improvement, data analysis, and other presentation services through workshops, seminars, and a variety of conference appearances. Helping clients work on their own continuous improvement efforts, Brad dedicates a significant amount of time to facilitating Data Workshops and other hands-on learning opportunities across the country and internationally.

Brad also manages broad contract data services, specifically directing the daily operations of our data services unit, placing emphasis on the integrity of data as well as providing the results that are most valuable and useful to schools. Brad works with partners from across the country, directing projects ranging from single schools, to some of the largest districts, states, and regions.

Jennifer Haney, Project Coordinator


Ms. Haney is the  Project Coordinator at Education for the Future. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and small business development. She holds a M.A. in Media Communications from California State University, Chico. 

She has worked for a wide variety of national and local businesses as well as California State University, Chico, College of Business, and is now assisting Education for the Future with office administration and communication efforts. Ms. Haney provides support for contracts and accounts management, questionnaire services, creates data reports, and provides customer service.

Over 25 Years and Going Strong!

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In 2016 Education for the Future celebrated a 25-year anniversary. What started as a small initiative has grown into an internationally recognized source of expertise on using data to improve learning organizations.

Connie L. Hébert, MS Ed, Independent Consultant


Connie L. Hébert, M.S. Ed. is an experienced educator and consultant of more than 25 years. Connie joined Dr. Bernhardt as a special associate with Education for the Future during Summer Data Institutes from 2006 to 2013. In 2011 Connie became co-author of Response to Intervention (RtI) and Continuous School Improvement (CSI): How to Design, Implement, Monitor, and Evaluate a Schoolwide Prevention System with Dr. Bernhardt and their second edition was published in 2017.  Connie now serves the Jackson R2 School District in southeast Missouri as an Intervention Consultant in K-12 general and special education classrooms. She currently lives with her family in Cape Girardeau, MO and continues to do independent consulting work from her own business, here2help, LLC. 

Marcy Lauck, Associate


Marcy joined the Education for the Future staff early on in a unique partnership between Education for the Future and San Jose Unified School District. Marcy helped chart San Jose's goals to improve student achievement and establish a data-based, quality management process at all levels of the organization. Marcie has also worked with the Arizona Tribal Coalition of Schools and the National Science Foundation's Arizona Rural Systemic Initiative. 

History of the Initiative

Our Mission

Brad Geise and Victoria L. Bernhardt

To build the capacity of learning organizations to use data to improve teaching and learning.

Our Vision

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We are a group of highly committed individuals who work in education because we want to make a difference in the lives of children. We are passionate about our mission and believe that all students can learn when the teaching and learning environment is set up for success. 

We believe data analysis, with a strong shared vision, is necessary for this success to take place. Our processes give practical implementation that support your school's collaboration efforts.

Education for the Future Initiative

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We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit initiative that is an auxiliary of the Research Foundation at California State University, Chico. We operate entirely from educational services grants and contracts which are administered through the Research Foundation. 

We Partner With Learning Organizations

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We work to help build the capacity of learning organizations at all levels to gather, analyze, and use data to support eh Continuous School Improvement process. Our educational services include program evaluation, systemic improvement, response to intervention, and comprehensive data analysis. 

Education for the Future has conducted hundreds of workshops each year, presented data institutes to help schools build their capacity to analyze their own data, and administered thousands of questionnaires to gauge the perceptions of stakeholders.

Our partners include:

  • Schools (public, private, charter, and faith-based)
  • School Districts
  • State Departments of Education
  • Ministries of Education 
  • And other educational agencies

Empowering Schools Through Data - Snapshot of our Work

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1991 - Education for the Future began as an initiative funded by the Pacific Telesis Foundation, later Southwestern Bell Corporation (SBC), and ultimately it's own non-profit with California State University, Chico, Research Foundation.

1994 - Victoria L. Bernhardt published a book to describe the work she had been successfully implementing. The book, The School Portfolio: A Comprehensive Framework for School Improvement led many more schools, districts and Department of Education offices to seek out Dr. Bernhardt's expertise.

1995 - Pacific Bell asked Bernhardt to work with Education First to integrate technology to help students achieve learning standards.

1996 to 2016 - Over the next two decades Dr. Bernhardt authored 22 books on data analysis and school improvement. During this time Brad Geise worked tirelessly on streamlining the technology being used to analyze school data.

2016 - Education for the Future celebrated 25 years of empowering schools through the use of data. Today, we continue this tradition.