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Gary Stager, an internationally
recognized educator and consultant, has spent
twenty-eight years helping teachers on six continents make sense
of their roles in the age of personal computing
and schools more constructive places for children. He is an expert in at-risk education and school reform. The June 2010 issue of Tech & Learning Magazine named Gary Stager as "one of today's leaders who are changing the landscape of edtech through innovation and leadership."
Gary's hundreds of hands-on workshops and conference
presentations are known for being thoughtful, practical,
and entertaining. He has spoken at dozens of prominent
conferences in the United States, Canada, India, Qatar, Slovakia, Spain,
Brazil, England, France, Denmark, Mexico, Bermuda,
China, South Africa, Poland, Switzerland, South Korea, Peru, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia where he
has keynoted the Australian Computers in
Education Conference three times and many state conferences.
Dr. Stager was a keynote speaker at the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference before an audience of more than 4,000 educators. He was also a Visiting Scholar at The University of Melbourne's Trinity College during the summer of 2009. Gary Stager is also a consultant to the leading school architectural firm, Fielding Nair International.
Gary was a plenary speaker at the Constructionism 2010 Conference in Paris. He chaired seven NJ Educational
Computing Conferences and the 1993 International
Logo Conference in Australia. Dr. Stager is
one of only a handful of educators to present
papers at the 1990,1995, 2001 & 2005 World Conference
on Computers in Education. Dr. Stager was a plenary speaker at Eurologo 2005 in Warsaw, Poland EuroLogo 2007 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic and a keynote speaker, along with Dr. Seymour Papert and Maine Governor, Angus King in Sydney, Australia for Apple Computer's Australian 1:1 computing launch, i3 in 2004.
Gary was a keynote speaker for the 2006/2007/2008 NYSCATE Annual Conference, the first Anytime Anywhere Learning Conference in Boston, the NYSCATE eLearning Conference and NYSCATE Summer Leadership Symposium. Dr. Stager was the opening
keynote speaker at the 2002 TCEA 12 Conference
in Texas, 2002 Expanding Horizons Conference
in New Zealand, 1996 Tennessee Educational
Technology Conference, the Logo - Twenty Years
On Conference in Melbourne, Australia, the
2001 MACE Conference in Kansas, the 2001 SOITA
Conference in Ohio and the 1997 Video Using
Educators Conference in Los Angeles. He was
a featured speaker at the 1998 & 2001 MACUL
Conference and is a member of the Educational
Technology Leaders Summit. Gary
was a Featured Speaker at Technology & Learning
Magazine's SchoolTech Expo and Conference in
New York City. He is a frequent spotlight speaker at the National Educational Computing Conference and has been invited to present
at several ASCD, NCTM, NAIS and NSBA Conferences.
Dr. Stager was a Visiting Professor of education
University and a popular professional development
seminar leader across the United States. At Pepperdine, he taught in the edtech programs at the Masters and doctoral level, as well as in the teacher education Masters degree program, Educational Leadership and the Organizational Leadership doctoral programs. He is also an associate of the prestigious Thornburg
Center for Professional Development.
Gary is a pioneer in helping
teachers create learning environments designed
to support personal computing and adapt to
the changes in curriculum, assessment, and
professional development that will follow.
Dr. Stager recently helped design Pepperdine
University's ground-breaking Online
Master of Arts in Educational Technology degree
program and now teaches in that program. For
a time he led Pepperdine's involvement in MathStar,
a federally-funded grant designed to improve
middle school mathematics achievement and teacher
In 2008-2009, Dr. Stager led a middle school science and technology grant program in the Brooklyn, NY public schools.
Gary has extensive experience working in urban school districts and have worked closely with teachers in New York City, Newark, NJ and the Los Angeles area. For years he helped Stevens Institute of Technology bring rich mathematical and scientific thinking experiences to children and teachers, regardless of their age, gender, race or perceived ability. In 2007, he was part of a panel discussion about improving mathematics learning in Harlem, along with Dr, Pedro Noguera and Dr, Robert Moses. Gary Stager has also led professional development activities in the developing world.
Writer and Editor
Senior Editor and West-Coast Bureau Chief for District Administration Magazine, the Editor-in-Chief of ISTE's Logo Exchange Journal
and has been published by Educational Leadership, GOOD Magazine and The Huffington Post. Gary
is widely published in educational journals and conference
proceedings around the world. He was a finalist for best columnist in the 2006 Association of Education Publishers Distinguised Achievement Awards.
Dr. Stager was also Founding Editor of The Pulse: Education's Place for Debate.
Gary's thoughts on the
future of educational computing, New
Trends New Learning Opportunities were
featured in Upgrade: The Magazine
of the Software Pubisher's Association (Dec.
98/Jan. 99 issue). His article, Dream
Bigger was published in the anthology,
Transforming Learning - An Anthology of Miracles
in Technology-Rich Schools.
Gary Stager is one of the authors of the recently published TechYes Student Guide and The TechYes Implementation Guide. TechYes is a revolutionary product that allows middle school students to earn computer literacy certification through the creation of personally-meaningful peer-reviewed projects.
Gary is coauthor of The
North Star Guide to Technology Planning, Snapshots! Educational Insights from the Thornburg Center and
the author of MicroWorlds
Pro Tips and Tricks.
Expanding Expectations is a series of online professional development resources Gary created for Apple Computer.
Since 1999, Gary Stager worked closely with Dr.
Seymour Papert in the development and operation of the
Constructionist Learning Laboratory, a multiage high-tech
alternative environment for adjudicated at-risk teens in
the Maine Youth Center. This project is the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Information about this groundbreaking
project may be found here.
A terrific article about the Constructionist Learning Laboratory
was featured in Converge
Gary is a founder and Past-President of ISTE's SIGLogo.
Dr. Stager has worked as a consultant to Logo Computer Systems,
Inc., Universal Studios, Claris, Microsoft, Disney, Apple,
Compaq, Tom Snyder Productions, Netschools and LEGO dacta.
For a decade, Gary was
Director of Professional Development for the
Network for Action in Microcomputer Education,
a New Jersey consortium of 150 computer-using
school districts. He is now a consultant to
several homeschooling communities and a founder
of WeLearnAtHome.com, a consulting firm offering
educational support services for homeschoolers.
in the preparation and implementation of several
grants dealing with mathematics education reform
and math and science for urban students. He
recently contributed to the creation of a successful
USAID grant intended to improve education in
Gary is a member of the
The International Academy of Digital Arts and
Sciences and a CODIES judge for the Software
Industry and Information Association.
Gary has spent fifteen years working with schools
around the world in which every student has
a personal notebook computer. In fact, Gary
was responsible for early professional development
activities at the world's first two laptop
schools in Australia (1990). He was a consultant in Maine where every
7th and 8th grader now receives a personal
A (pre k - 8) elementary school teacher by training, Dr.
Stager has worked with preschool through doctoral-level
students and earned his Ph.D. in
science and mathematics education at The University Of Melbourne. Prior to becoming
a teacher, Gary studied jazz performance, composition
and arranging at Berklee College of Music, Rutgers University
and William Paterson University, as well as privately
in New York City.
Gary Stager is available
as an educational consultant or staff developer
in your school or district. Educational institutions
may choose from a wide variety of workshop
topics and customize a program to meet their
individual needs. Please contact Gary at the
following address for further information on
highly successful minds-on workshops, in-service
day presentations, and consulting services.