Dr. Miriam Heller Stern is Dean of American Jewish
University’s (AJU) Graduate Center for Education in Los Angeles, where she has
trained and mentored Jewish educators since 2005. She teaches courses on educational
vision, curriculum development, teacher research and the arts in Jewish
education. Dr. Stern earned her Ph.D. in education and MA in history from Stanford
University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow.
Dedicated to elevating the quality and expanding the
diversity of educational offerings in the Jewish community, Dr. Stern serves as
a coach and advisor to Jewish educational leaders, institutions and initiatives
across the United States. In recent years, Dr. Stern launched two projects
aimed to engage diverse collaborators in systemic change: “Dream Lab,” a think
tank of artists and educators developing a programmatic vision for infusing the
field of Jewish education with creativity through the arts; and the Women’s
Braintrust, a cross-cultural, cross-generational cadre of Los Angeles women who
convened for the 2013 “Women’s Unconference” at AJU to investigate shifting
definitions of women’s leadership and models of success.
Miriam is married to Jonathan Stern and they have three children:
Elijah, Judah and Zoe.