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Tony Wagner      

Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute

A globally recognized voice in education, Tony Wagner is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Tony held a variety of positions at Harvard University for more than twenty years, including four years as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and the founder and co-director, for more than a decade, of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility.

Tony is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and six books. Tony’s latest, Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, co-authored by Ted Dintersmith, was published by Scribner in 2015. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World, was published in 2012 to rave reviews and has been translated into 17 languages. His 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap continues to be an international best seller, with more than 140,000 copies in print.

Tony served as the Strategic Education Advisor for a major new education documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed,” which had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He also collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a 60 minute documentary, “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World’s Most Surprising School System” in 2010.

Tony earned an M.A.T. and an Ed.D. at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Speech Topics

Reinventing’ America’s Schools

Starting Points for Reinvention

Educators Are From Mars; Business Leaders Live on Venus: How Are We Going To Get Down To Earth Together?

Seeing the School Reform Elephant: What Policymakers Need to Know

Seeking Higher Moral and Academic Standards: A Response to Character Education

Strategies for Building Community Partnerships

What is The Aim of Educational Reform?

Are Schools ‘Failing’?

Successful Strategies for Community Involvement

Charter Schools: Policy Implications for Educational Refor Why School Reform: Making the Case for Change



ACTFL is excited to announce the Keynote Speaker at the 2013 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo opening general session. The opening session will take place in the morning of Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Tony Wagner will be this year's speaker. He will deliver the keynote address on the topic of "Creating Innovators with Passion, Play and Purpose".

Tony Wagner addresses CA, community

Harvard University's Tony Wagner spoke at Cary Academy Dec. 15 on the topic of creating innovators.

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