Miriam Heller Stern, Ph.D.

Miriam Heller Stern

Miriam Heller Stern

Dean, Graduate Center for Education


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Stanford University, Ph.D. in Education, 2007

Dissertation: “Your Children, Will They Be Yours? Educational Strategies for Jewish Survival: The Central Jewish Institute, 1916-1944,” a historical case study of the opportunities and challenges of balancing progressive and traditional trends in Jewish education.

Stanford University, MA in History, 2002

Brandeis University, BA in History, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Women’s Studies (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


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.

Additional Professional Accomplishments

Recent Conference and Professional Development Presentations

  • “Teaching the Whole Child, Telling the Whole Story: Creating Portfolios,” presenter and trainer, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy 2014
  • “Dream Lab: Bringing the Arts to Center Stage in Jewish Education,” presenter, NewCAJE 2014
  •  “Back to School: Preparing to Talk about Israel,” presenter, NewCAJE 2014
  •  “Becoming a Bolder, More Deliberate Change Agent through Action Research,” panelist, Annual Conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education 2014
  • "My Community: Define the concept of 'Community' in your day school,” panelist, RAVSAK/PARDES Jewish Day School Conference 2014
  • Presenter, "Pluralism: Principles, Policy and Practice,” RAVSAK/PARDES Jewish Day School Conference 2014


Professional Leadership and Service

  • Editorial board, the Journal of Jewish Education
  • Awards Committee, the Network for Research in Jewish Education
  • Advisory Board, Los Angeles Jewish Federation’s LA Teen Initiative
  • Advisory Board, the Jewish Montessori Society
  • Advisory Board, The Jewish Lens
  • Head of School Support Committee and General Education Committee, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, Beverly Hills
  • Mentor, Network for Research in Jewish Education Emerging Scholars Seminar (2014)
  • Mentor, Los Angeles PresenTense Fellowship (2013)