Our company was founded in 1997 (originally as FRONTIER 21 Education Solutions) to help educators, parents and communities to find innovative ways to educate those students who have traditionally struggled to achieve in standardized school systems. Over the past 20 years, we have provided a wide variety of school planning and support services to organizations and groups around the country, including:

Our Team

Alex Schuh, Ph.D. – Executive Director

Alex is the founder and Director of FRONTIER21. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied policy research and evaluation, collaborative learning, and the use of computer media for learning.  He received his Baccalaureate from Yale University in Cultural Anthropology. His expertise is in multiple areas of youth development, including organizational development, education policy, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and computer-based learning. He has been a teacher in both middle schools and high schools. He has evaluated a wide range of educational projects, at the local, regional and national levels. Since 1997, he has helped to design and establish more than 35 charter schools across the country, including a charter school based on the ideas of emotional intelligence and a virtual charter school for distance learning.  Contact: alex@schoolfrontiers.com


Rob Baird, Ph.D. – Senior Consultant

Rob’s responsibilities include strategic data processing and analysis, data collection, survey design, and research project management. Rob Baird has devoted his professional life to improving K-12 and Higher Education received by the nation’s most underserved students. By developing successful partnerships between Postsecondary and K-12 schools, Baird’s work has increased the capacity of both educational Rob sectors to address the academic skills gap experienced by students in our nation’s most challenged public schools. For over a decade Baird was the Vice-President for College Access and Success at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF). Specifically he developed grants and partnerships to support policies that stimulate innovation and improvement of developmental education, alignment of P-12 and post-secondary college readiness determinations and supports, early credit accumulation, and credit transfer side. Baird has worked extensively with federal, state and local governments to secure funding and policy support for underserved, minority, 1st generation college-going students. As Vice-President he represented WWNFF with leading national philanthropies (such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York) and with community organizations and state policymakers to further the Foundation’s strategic goal of strengthening the civic mission of colleges and universities.  Contact: rob@schoolfrontiers.com


Sophia Weinstein – Research Assistant

Sophia’s responsibilities include managing research projects, conducting quantitative research and analysis, and designing and conducting professional development for teachers and administrators. Sophia is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Sociology and Education. She is an experienced researcher, with a focus on the use of educational technologies to enhance teaching and learning in K to 12 schools.  Contact: sophia@schoolfrontiers.com


  • Program Evaluation and Data Analysis;
  • Instructional Guidance;
  • Strategic Planning and Management;
  • Charter School Development and Support;
  • Clients and Projects;
  • Technology Supported Learning Solutions; and
  • Frequent updates and insights on promising practices and policies in education, through our Blog.