Leaders across the education landscape, our advisors are a key support to our ability to innovate. They share best practices and encourage us to push the limits and question the status quo.

 
 
  Tony Wagner ,   PhD, EIR, Innovation Lab, Harvard University   Tony  currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new  Innovation Lab  and as a Senior Research Fellow at the  Learning Policy Institute , founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to these appointments, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard.   More...

Tony Wagner, PhD, EIR, Innovation Lab, Harvard University

Tony currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to these appointments, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. More...

  Paulo Blikstein ,   PhD, Director, Transformative Learning Technologies Lab, Stanford University  Paulo’s research focuses on how new technologies can deeply transform the learning of science, engineering, and mathematics. He creates and researches cutting-edge educational technologies, such as computer modeling, robotics, digital fabrication, and rapid prototyping.  More...

Paulo Blikstein, PhD, Director, Transformative Learning Technologies Lab, Stanford University

Paulo’s research focuses on how new technologies can deeply transform the learning of science, engineering, and mathematics. He creates and researches cutting-edge educational technologies, such as computer modeling, robotics, digital fabrication, and rapid prototyping. More...

  Vivienne Ming , PhD, Co-Founder, Socos  Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students’ life outcomes.  More...

Vivienne Ming, PhD, Co-Founder, Socos

Named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013 by Inc. Magazine, Vivienne is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur. She co-founded Socos, where machine learning and cognitive neuroscience combine to maximize students’ life outcomes. More...

  Nathan Holbert,  Teachers College, Columbia University  I explore how children engage in testing, tinkering, and sense making during play around topics or phenomena that they find personally engaging. In particular I study how children use intuitions about natural phenomena and scientific principles to interpret and assimilate central representations and tools found in play spaces  More...

Nathan Holbert, Teachers College, Columbia University

I explore how children engage in testing, tinkering, and sense making during play around topics or phenomena that they find personally engaging. In particular I study how children use intuitions about natural phenomena and scientific principles to interpret and assimilate central representations and tools found in play spaces More...

 
 
  Gary Stager,  CEO, CMK Futures  In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, Gary Stager is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, publisher, and school administrator.  More...

Gary Stager, CEO, CMK Futures

In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, Gary Stager is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, publisher, and school administrator. More...

  John Larmer , Editor in Chief, Buck Institute for Education -  PBL Done Well   John is Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education, having also served as Director of Product Development and Associate Director since joining BIE in 2001. John writes and edits BIE’s PBL Blog and other website content.    M  ore...

John Larmer, Editor in Chief, Buck Institute for Education - PBL Done Well

John is Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education, having also served as Director of Product Development and Associate Director since joining BIE in 2001. John writes and edits BIE’s PBL Blog and other website content. More...

  Scott Swaaley , Founder, GRITLab at High Tech High  Scott facilitates complex interdisciplinary STEM projects with a focus on developing GRIT in students. He started his career as a small business owner, electrical engineer, and renewable energy consultant.  More...

Scott Swaaley, Founder, GRITLab at High Tech High

Scott facilitates complex interdisciplinary STEM projects with a focus on developing GRIT in students. He started his career as a small business owner, electrical engineer, and renewable energy consultant. More...

  Thom Markham , Founder & CEO, PBL Global  Thom is a psychologist, educator, author, speaker, and internationally-respected consultant to schools focused on project based learning, 21st century skills, innovation, and high performance cultures.  More...

Thom Markham, Founder & CEO, PBL Global

Thom is a psychologist, educator, author, speaker, and internationally-respected consultant to schools focused on project based learning, 21st century skills, innovation, and high performance cultures. More...

 
  Betsy McKenna ,   Founder, Exponential Returns  Betsy firm helps professionals in the academic and nonprofit communities advance individual and team performance by deepening conversations, tapping into creative minds and talents, and fostering strategic relationships.  More...

Betsy McKenna, Founder, Exponential Returns

Betsy firm helps professionals in the academic and nonprofit communities advance individual and team performance by deepening conversations, tapping into creative minds and talents, and fostering strategic relationships. More...

  Andy Cavatorta , Inventor/Artist, Andy’s Studio  Andy is a Brooklyn-based inventor and artist working with robotics, music, and theater. His work integrates emerging technologies with traditional crafts to discover new ways to create meaning with sound and motion.  More...

Andy Cavatorta, Inventor/Artist, Andy’s Studio

Andy is a Brooklyn-based inventor and artist working with robotics, music, and theater. His work integrates emerging technologies with traditional crafts to discover new ways to create meaning with sound and motion. More...

  Don Buckley,  Co-founder, Tools at Schools  Don has transformed learning spaces so they work for teachers and students and not just architects, has transformed textbooks so that they work for students and teachers and not just publishers, and transformed new media resources so that they work for students and teachers and not just programmers.  More...

Don Buckley, Co-founder, Tools at Schools

Don has transformed learning spaces so they work for teachers and students and not just architects, has transformed textbooks so that they work for students and teachers and not just publishers, and transformed new media resources so that they work for students and teachers and not just programmers. More...

  Osman Rashid,  Founder and CEO, Galxyz  Osman is a seasoned entrepreneur in the field of educational technology. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Galxyz, an intergalactic adventure that gets kids into science. Galxyz’s mission to ignite the fascination of science and unlock the true potential in every student.  More...

Osman Rashid, Founder and CEO, Galxyz

Osman is a seasoned entrepreneur in the field of educational technology. He is currently the Founder & CEO of Galxyz, an intergalactic adventure that gets kids into science. Galxyz’s mission to ignite the fascination of science and unlock the true potential in every student. More...

 
  Eileen Johnson , School Director,  Sara Curry Preschool,  and Author of Children’s Bill of Emotional Rights  Eileen was born and educated in Ireland, and there she taught High School and Elementary School children. Working with very young children has been the most fulfilling and rewarding part of her career.  More...

Eileen Johnson, School Director, Sara Curry Preschool, and Author of Children’s Bill of Emotional Rights

Eileen was born and educated in Ireland, and there she taught High School and Elementary School children. Working with very young children has been the most fulfilling and rewarding part of her career. More...

  Tikvah Weiner,  Co-founder/Director I.D.E.A Schools Network  Tikvah has been in education for twenty years and is currently co-Founder and Director of the I.D.E.A. Schools Network, which helps Jewish and independent schools implement project-based learning.  More...

Tikvah Weiner, Co-founder/Director
I.D.E.A Schools Network

Tikvah has been in education for twenty years and is currently co-Founder and Director of the I.D.E.A. Schools Network, which helps Jewish and independent schools implement project-based learning. More...

  Andrew Garland,  Partner, TNTP  Andrew Garland is a Partner for Knowledge Management at TNTP, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.  More...

Andrew Garland, Partner, TNTP

Andrew Garland is a Partner for Knowledge Management at TNTP, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. More...

  Joni Anderson,  Educational Director/Admissions, CP Kids Early Learning Center  Joni has been working in the early childhood space in New York City for over 10 years. She has done it all – teaching, curriculum writing, admissions and administration.  More...

Joni Anderson, Educational Director/Admissions, CP Kids Early Learning Center

Joni has been working in the early childhood space in New York City for over 10 years. She has done it all – teaching, curriculum writing, admissions and administration. More...

 
  Charles Thornburgh,  CEO/Founder, Civitas Learning  Charles founded Civitas Learning with a vision of making the most of the world’s learning data. The company partners with forward-thinking colleges and universities, providing a cloud-based predictive analytics platform and engaging applications to measurably improve student learning, persistence and completion.  More...

Charles Thornburgh, CEO/Founder, Civitas Learning

Charles founded Civitas Learning with a vision of making the most of the world’s learning data. The company partners with forward-thinking colleges and universities, providing a cloud-based predictive analytics platform and engaging applications to measurably improve student learning, persistence and completion. More...

  Matt Renwick , Educator & Author  Matt is a veteran public educator and author of multiple books on technology in education. He started as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in a country school outside of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. After seven years of teaching, Matt served as a dean of students at a junior high, which developed into an assistant principalship along with athletic director duties.  More...

Matt Renwick, Educator & Author

Matt is a veteran public educator and author of multiple books on technology in education. He started as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in a country school outside of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. After seven years of teaching, Matt served as a dean of students at a junior high, which developed into an assistant principalship along with athletic director duties. More...

  Donna Wil  son PhD , Author, Psychologist, & Teacher Educator  Donna has codeveloped university graduate programs in the trans-disciplinary domain of psychology, education, and emerging educational neuroscience. She provides educators with dynamic, research-based professional development that integrate concepts from her books.  More...

Donna Wilson PhD, Author, Psychologist, & Teacher Educator

Donna has codeveloped university graduate programs in the trans-disciplinary domain of psychology, education, and emerging educational neuroscience. She provides educators with dynamic, research-based professional development that integrate concepts from her books. More...

  Katy Kasmai,  Founder of Team Exponent, Sr Engineering PM, Google     Katy is passionate about 10x thinking, moonshots, sustainability and the pursuit of change and innovation. She develops and executes strategies to solve complex problems using technology, with a focus on achieving product excellence.  More...

Katy Kasmai, Founder of Team Exponent, Sr Engineering PM, Google 

Katy is passionate about 10x thinking, moonshots, sustainability and the pursuit of change and innovation. She develops and executes strategies to solve complex problems using technology, with a focus on achieving product excellence. More...

 
  Paula Marra , Educator, United Nations International School; Creativity Catalyst  Paula has been an educator for more than 20 years, and is currently a Junior School teacher and team leader at the United Nations International School (UNIS). She specializes in primary education, using a variety of teaching methods derived from her experience with multiple international curricula, and emphasizing project-based learning /STEAM and design thinking.  More...

Paula Marra, Educator, United Nations International School; Creativity Catalyst

Paula has been an educator for more than 20 years, and is currently a Junior School teacher and team leader at the United Nations International School (UNIS). She specializes in primary education, using a variety of teaching methods derived from her experience with multiple international curricula, and emphasizing project-based learning /STEAM and design thinking. More...

  Aviva Dunsiger , Kindergarten Teacher, Ancaster, Ontario; Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board  Aviva is just finishing her 15th year teaching for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. She’s taught every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 6 in some capacity. In 2013, she was recognized as one of the recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award For Teaching Excellence.  More...

Aviva Dunsiger, Kindergarten Teacher, Ancaster, Ontario; Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

Aviva is just finishing her 15th year teaching for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. She’s taught every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 6 in some capacity. In 2013, she was recognized as one of the recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award For Teaching Excellence. More...

  Lauren Scheller , Educator, coach & catalyst  Lauren has coached school and district leaders nationally for the past 6 years, helping them create the ecosystem necessary for rigorous, innovative instruction. Working at the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), she led 8 school and district reform initiatives, equipping leaders to drive systemic change in the name of deeper learning for students.  More...

Lauren Scheller, Educator, coach & catalyst

Lauren has coached school and district leaders nationally for the past 6 years, helping them create the ecosystem necessary for rigorous, innovative instruction. Working at the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), she led 8 school and district reform initiatives, equipping leaders to drive systemic change in the name of deeper learning for students. More...

  Noah Hichenberg,  School Director, JCC Manhattan nursery school  Noah is the school director at the JCC Manhattan nursery school, a school shaped by the twin influences of Jewish values and a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach.  More...

Noah Hichenberg, School Director,
JCC Manhattan nursery school

Noah is the school director at the JCC Manhattan nursery school, a school shaped by the twin influences of Jewish values and a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach. More...

 
  Eric Westendorf,  Co-founder and CEO, LearnZillion  Eric is the co-founder and CEO of LearnZillion, the next generation curriculum and professional development solution. LearnZillion provides open, digital curricula along with professional development and integration support.  More...

Eric Westendorf, Co-founder and CEO, LearnZillion

Eric is the co-founder and CEO of LearnZillion, the next generation curriculum and professional development solution. LearnZillion provides open, digital curricula along with professional development and integration support. More...