Dr. Gary Stager
Gary Stager is one of the world's leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms. In 1990, Dr. Stager led professional development in the world's first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education. In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world's most prestigious education conferences, Gary is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, publisher, and school administrator.
An elementary teacher by training, he has taught students from preschool through doctoral studies. Gary is the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute for educators. Dr. Stager is co-author of Invent To Learn - Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. The book brings the excitement and revolutionary game-changing technologies (3D printing/of the maker movement fabrication, computer science and physical computing) to K-12 classrooms. The book has been called the "bible of the maker movement in schools," by Larry Magid of The San Jose Mercury News and "a persuasive, powerful, and useful reconceptualization of progressive education for digital times," by legendary educator, Herbert Kohl.
When not on the road speaking or consulting, Dr. Stager puts his ideas into practice as the Special Assistant to the Head of School for Innovation at The Willows Community School in Culver City, California.
When Jean Piaget wanted to better understand how children learn mathematics, he hired Seymour Papert. When Dr. Papert wanted to create a high-tech alternative learning environment for incarcerated at-risk teens, he hired Gary Stager. This work was the basis for Gary's doctoral dissertation and documented Papert's most-recent institutional research project.
In 1999, Converge Magazine named Gary a "shaper of our future and inventor of our destiny." The National School Boards Association recognized Dr. Stager with the distinction of "20 Leaders to Watch" in 2007. 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." CUE presented Gary with its 2012 Technology in Learning Leadership Award. A popular speaker, Dr. Stager has been a keynote speaker at major conferences on six continents.
Dr. Stager's work has earned a Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education and a Grammy Award. He is a senior education consultant for leading school design firm, Fielding-Nair International and is on the advisory board of the NSF-funded project, BJC4NYC: Bringing a Rigorous Computer Science Principles Course to the Largest School System in the US.