Tony Wagner, Ph.D.
School Change - Educational Leadership - 21st Century Education - Innovation
Dr. Wagner has conducted significant research documenting the state of education in the United States. He demonstrates unequivocally that our school system remains firmly grounded in 19th and 20th century paradigms of education, and provides educators, parents and communities with a new paradigm aligned to the world of the 21st century.
The "7 Survival Skills for the 21st Century" which Dr. Wagner has identified are a cornerstone of the PBL21 model of curriculum.
Einstein said, we must first “formulate the problem.” Dr. Wagner maintains that "the 'problem' is, simply, that the future of our economy, the strength of our democracy, and perhaps even the health of the planet’s ecosystems depend on educating future generations in ways very different from how many of us were schooled . . . ." and he challenges us to "discover new ways of thinking about education and best practices in schools that are preparing all students for learning, work, and citizenship in the 21st century."
Dr. Wagner currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab. Prior to this appointment, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade.
Dr. Wagner is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author. His work includes numerous articles and five books. His book Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2012 to rave reviews and has been translated into ten languages. His 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap continues to be an international best seller with a Second Edition recently released. Tony also recently collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a 60 minute documentary, “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World’s Most Surprising School System.”
Visit Tony Wagner's web site for the latest updates on his work including his latest book, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era, published August 2015. Scroll down to view the trailer for the film of the same title which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2015.