Tony Wagner’s Past Events

Past Events

To get an idea of the variety of work Tony is doing, listed here are past programs and appearances. For information on fees and availability, please contact Tony.


October 9, 2014, Keynoting Momentous Institute Changing The Odds Conference, in Dallas, TX. More information

October 8, 2014, Keynoting Scholastic event in Atlanta, GA. Closed event

September 29, 2014, Keynoting GetSmartSchools conference in Denver, CO More information forthcoming

September 26, 2014, Keynote and breakout session at the Navajo Prep School in Farmington, NM. More information forthcoming

July 30, 2014, Keynoting the New Hampshire state-wide Education Summit at Keene State College. More information

June 25, 2014, Keynoting the Northwest Evaluation Association conference in Portland, OR. More information

June 12, 2014, Joining Thomas Friedman to speak at a special 1 day conference on technology, innovation, and education, sponsored by The New York Times in San Francisco, CA. More information.

June 10, 2014, Keynoting Charleston, SC educators conference. More information

May 9, 2014, Keynoting the Learning and The Brain conference in New York City. More information.

April 11, 2014, Keynoting Oppi Education festival in Helsinki, Finland More information

April 8, 2014, Keynoting The Lego Foundation Ideas Conference in Billund, Denmark. More information

April 3, 2014, Speaking, via Skype, at the Graland Country Day School, in Denver, CO. For more information, contact Meredith Bloomberg

April 1, 2014, Keynoting International Finance Corporation Conference on Rethinking Education in San Francisco. More information

March 19, 2014, Keynoting the Scholastic Literacy Conference at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. For more information, contact: Dawn Smith

March 16, 2014, Featured Speaker at the ASCD Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA. More information.

March 14-15, 2014, Speaking at Teaching & Learning 2014 National Conference in Washington, DC. More information.

March 8, 2014, Keynoting (via Skype) School District Reform Collaborative Summit in Fairfield, CT. More information

March 7, 2014, Presenting at Purdue University, near Indianapolis, IN. More information.

February 8, 2014, Presenting to the Board of Directors of ASCD in Miami, FL.

February 7, 2014, Keynoting the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest conference in New Orleans. More information.

February 3, 2014, Speaking, via Skype, at the University of Chicago Lab School in Chicago, IL. For more information, contact Jennifer Rhind

January 15, 2014, Special presentation for leaders, sponsored by Nation's Well, in New York City. For information, contact Cat Cheney

December 6, 2013, Keynoting the Northeastern ASCD Affiliates Conference in Boston, MA. More information

December 5, 2013, Keynoting the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Annual Conference in Boston, MA. More information.

November 23, 2013, Keynoting the Joint Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials, in Chicago, IL. More information.

November 22, 2013, Keynoting the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages conference in Orlando, Florida. More information

November 14, 2013, Keynoting the American Association of School Librarians Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. More information

November 4, 2013, Presenting at the Virginia Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Richmond, Va (via Skype). More information

October 26, 2013, Keynoting the Hilton Head Island Institute Imagi-Nation program in Hilton Head, SC. More information.

October 24, 3013, Keynoting Expeditionary Learning National Conference in Atlanta, GA. More information forthcoming.

October 23, 2013, Keynoting the MASS CUE annual conference outside of Boston, MA. More information

October 18, 2013, The Nueva School Innovative Learning Conference keynote in Hillsborough, California. More information forthcoming

September 26, 2013, Speaking at National Conference of State Legislators Jobs Summit in Austin, TX. More information forthcoming.

September 22-23, 2013, Presenting two keynotes at the CoLabSummit in Atlanta, GA. More information

September 12, 2013, Keynoting special "Educating for Entrepreneurship" event at Davidson College, near Charlotte, NC. More information forthcoming.

July 31, 2013, Keynoting the Learning Environments & Campus Technology combined conference, in Boston, MA. More information

July 30,2013, Speaking at the National Association of State Boards of Education Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA. More information.

July 18, 2013, Keynoting Gallup Education Conference, "Aiming At Career & Life Wellbeing," in Omaha, Nebraska. More information

July 11, 2013, Keynoting the Oklahoma Department of Education Vision 2020 Conference in Oklahoma City. More information

July 9, 2013, Keynoting the National Career Development Association Conference in Boston. More information

June 27, 2013, Keynoting The Institute for Student Achievement's Summer conference in Long Island, NY. More information

June 26, 2013, Keynoting the Teachers College, Columbia University, June Writing Institute in New York City. More information

June 25, 2013, Keynoting the NexusEQ Conference on Emotional Intelligence and Leadership at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. More Information

June 21, 2013, Half-day workshop for the Symposium on Education and Technology At Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. More Information Forthcoming

June 20, 2013, Presentation at the Saginaw Valley State University, College of Education at University Center, Michigan. More information

June 19, 2013, Keynoting regional Learning Conference in Birmingham, Michigan. More information

June 18, 2013, South Carolina Association of School Administrators Conference keynote in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. More information

June 11, 2013, Presenting at the Harvard Macy Institute at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. More information

June 10, 2013, Keynoting the CDIO Engineering Education conference at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More information

May 22, 2013, Keynoting Lesley University Arts Celebration event in Cambridge, MA. More information

May 21, 2013, Keynoting the Golden Apple program in Chicago, Illinois. More information

May 6, 2013, Keynoting the Magnet Schools of America Conference via Skype. More information

May 2, 2013, Keynoting the Intermediary Network Regional Conference in Los Angeles, via Skype. More informationAs

April 12, 2013, Keynoting the STEM-H Summit, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, New College Institute, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, and Virginia Secretary of Education in Danville, VA. More information

April 10, 2013, Keynoting the Conrad Foundation's Spirit of Innovation Challenge Innovation Summit at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. More information

April 9, 2013, Keynoting the The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business conference in Chicago, Illinois. More information

April 2, 2013, Presentation to the World Affairs Council In Dallas, Texas. More Information

March 21, 2013, Presenting at the Scholastic Inc. Intervention Convention at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More Information

March 20, 2013, Presentations to Atlanta area independent schools faculty and parents. More information

March 14, 2013, Keynoting the Inter-American Development Bank Annual Meeting in Panama City, Panama. More information

March 11, 2013, Presenting at the Harvard Leadership Institute for Superintendents in Cambridge, MA. More information

February 28, 2013, Panelist for discussion of rigor at the Brookline High School in Boston. More information

February 5, 2013, North American Jewish Day School Conference keynote in Washington, DC. More information.

February 1, 2013, Presentations, via Skype, to parents and faculty at the St. Margaret's Episcopal School. More information

January 23, 2013, Wisconsin State Education Convention keynote in Milwaukee, WI. More information.

January 17, 2013, Presentations at the University of Virginia. More information forthcoming

January 12, 2013, Montessori state-wide conference keynote in Franklin, MA. More information.

January, 11th 2013, Presentations to faculty, trustees, and parents at the St. Timothy's School in Stevenson, Maryland. For more information, Randy Stevens

December 11, 2012, State-wide Education Technology conference keynote in Minneapolis, MN. More information.

November 30, 2012, Keynote for the KY Education Innovation Summit in Lexington, KY. More information.

November 29, 2012, Keynoting Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy "State of Our State" conference in Phoenix. More information.

November 16, 2012, Keynoting the Washington State School Directors Association Convention in Spokane, WA via Skype. More information

November 15, 2012, Keynoting the Iowa Association of School Boards conference in Des Moines, IA. More information.

November 8, 2012, Keynote for the World Affairs Council national conference in Washington, DC. More information.

November 7, 2012, Tony is keynoting the first ever Apple iPad summit in Boston. More information

November 4, 2012, Tony is the opening keynote speaker at the K12 Academics Summit in Palm Springs, CA. More information

October 27, 2012, Keynote for Columbia University, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Reunion in New York City. More information

September 27, 2012, Keynoting state-wide conference on high school transformation at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. More information

September 21, 2012, Presentation at the IdeaFestival in Louisville, KY. More information.

September 20, 2012, Presentation to parents, teachers, and community members at the University School, near Cleveland, OH. More information

August 21, 2012, Presenting at the Council of Chief State School Officer's CEO-CEO Exchange in Napa Valley, CA. Information forthcoming

August 10, 2012, Keynoting Symposium on Educating for Sustainable Happiness, co-sponsored by Cushing Academy and The Bhutan Canada Foundation, on the campus of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA . More information

August 8, 2012, Presentation for the Fairfax County Public Schools, outside of Washington, DC. Information forthcoming.

August 7, 2012, Keynoting The Minnesota State Department of Education and Association of School Administrators Conference in Minneapolis. More information forthcoming

July 20, 2012, Keynote for the College Board Advanced Placement conference in Orlando, FL. More information

July 19, 2012, Keynote at the 21c Learner and Change Conference in Minneapolis, MN. More information

July 13 - 14, 2012, Showing of The Finland Phenomenon and Keynote at the International Baccalaureate America's Conference in Riviera Maya, Mexico. More information

July 12, 2012, Tony will be a featured speaker at Camp Snowball, organized by Peter Senge and his colleagues. This year's program, which takes place in Tucson, AZ, will focus on how to systematically develop teacher and leader capacity for work on the Common Core Standards. More information

June 30, 2012, Keynote at Asia Society's Partnership for Global Learning conference in New York City. More information

June 20, 2012, Presentation to participants of the Harvard Real Colegio Complutense Program on Education and Technology in Cambridge, MA. More information

June 20, 2012, Tony will be discussing his book at a Harvard Business School Association of Boston event. More information

June 11, 2012, Book talk at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. If interested in attending, email Matt Severson

My 30, 2012, Tony will participate in a panel discussion after the showing of The Finland Phenomenon at the Half Hollow Hills High School on Long Island in Dix Hills, NY. AFT President Randi Weingarten will also be on the panel. More information

May 11, 2012, Tony will speak at a special event commemorating the 10th anniversary of MIT's D-Lab. The event begins at 5:15 pm and is being sponsored by the MIT Media Lab and will be held in their 3rd floor space. For more information and to rsvp, email Elisha Clark

May 3, 2012, Presentation at Microsoft's Headquarters, outside of Seattle WA. More information forthcoming.

Week of May 1, 2012, A series of presentations and appearances in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the 2012 Stanford Bing School Distinguished Lecture on May 1. More information. On May 2, Tony will be doing an afternoon workshop for area educators in Marin County More information and a community presentation in the evening. More information

April 28, 2012, Presentation at the TEDex NYED event in New York City. More information.

April 25-26, 2012, A series of appearances/presentations in the Atlanta area. April 25, evening presentation for area parents and educators, sponsored by the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Global Citizenship Program in Atlanta, GA. More Information forthcoming. April 26 Chamber of Commerce breakfast and evening Town Meeting in Fayette, GA. More information

April 20, 2012, Presentation at Skillshare's "Penny" conference in New York City. More information.

April, 19, 2012, Afternoon workshop and evening presentation to area parents and educators, sponsored by Princeton Common Ground in Princeton, NJ. More information

April 17, 2012, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World goes on sale!

April 17, 2012, Keynote New Schools Project STEM conference in Research Triangle NC. More information

April, 12, 2012, Keynote for Scholastic/American Association of School Administrators program "Focus on What Matters Most- Making School Improvement A Reality" in New York City. For more information, contact Duncan Young:

April 9, 2012, Evening presentation to area parents and educators in Duxbury, MA. More information

April 3, 2012, Presentations to educators, parents, and community members in the New Albany, OH school district, near Columbus, OH. More information

April 2, 2012, Morning presentation to area educators, evening presentation to parents. Part of the Charles River School Centennial Celebration in Dover, MA. More information

March 20, 2012, Presentation at the Harvard Leadership Institute for Superintendents in Cambridge, MA. More information

March 16, 2012, Keynote for Scholastic's Intervention Convention in Boston, MA. More information

March 8, 2012, Keynote for the Orange County Arts Education Center in Orlando, FL. More information here

January 27-February 6, 2012, Speaking and consulting for the Think Global School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. More information

January 24-25, 2012, Evening presentation for parents and morning workshop for educators in Charleston, SC. More information

November 30, 2011, Keynote speech for the SST conference in Birmingham, England. More information

November 18, 2011, Keynote Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston. More information

November 11, 2011, Keynote for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Conference. The previous evening, there will also be a screening of "The Finland Phenomenon," with a discussion afterwards led by Tony. More information

November 2, 2011, Keynote and discussion at the Association of Northern New England Independent Schools conference. More information

October 21, 2011, Workshop for New Hampshire ASCD. More information

October 19, 2011, Program for the Executive Leadership Institute, sponsored by Sponsored by the CSA–Council of School Supervisors and Administrators/Executive Leadership Institute. More information

October 6, 2011, Keynote Global Education Forum in Madrid, Spain. More information

July 26, 2011, Keynote Maine Youth Development Institute Conference at University of Maine, Orono. For more information:

July 21, 2011, Keynote for the NASA Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Project. The focus of this conference is to prepare students for life after college and to create a support system that encourages STEM degree completion. Students will hear from inspirational speakers, and receive guidance to develop a variety of skills to be ready for 21st century workforce. Workshops and presentations will focus largely on skill sets identified in The Global Achievement Gap. For more information:

June 29, 2011, Keynote for the KIPP Leadership Summer Institute. For information, email

June 16, 2011, Keynote, Community College of Vermont, Fairlee, VT. For information, contact: Linda Gabrielson

June 7, 2011, Public lecture and book signing at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, 5-7 pm. The event is free courtesy of Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, the new, independent college preparatory school opening this fall in West Palm Beach. For more information, or email Julie Fanning

May 26, 2011, Keynote, Conference on Creativity, Columbia University, New York City.
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April 27 - 29, 2011, Presentations in Singapore. For information, contact: Mike Thiruman

April 14, 2011, Day-long workshop for CT. educators, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. For information, contact: John Cook

April 7, 2011, 7pm Address to parents & community members, Greenwich Public Library, Greenwich, CT, sponsored by the Whitby School. For information, contact: Bob Horne 203-869-8464 x146

April 6, 2011, NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE FALL Keynote Ohio 21st Century Skills Summit, Columbus, OH.
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April 5, 2011, Morning workshop for area schools, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA. Contact Stephanie Judson:

March 24, 2011, World Premiere "The Finnish Phenomenon: Inside The World's Most Surprising School System, 6 pm National Press Club, Washington, DC. Admission by special invitation only. For information about this film and to purchase a copy visit

February 17-18, 2011, Workshop & Keynote, Learning in The Digital Age Conference, San Francisco, CA
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January 25-27, 2011, Workshop & Keynote for the Association of California School Administrators in Monterrey, CA
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January 12, 2011, Keynote Wisconsin State Superintendents Conference in Madison, WI
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January 11, 2011, Keynote PA Department of Education Conference in Hershey, PA. Contact Donna Salkin.

December 8, 2010, Keynote, Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
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November 18, 2010, Keynote Iowa Association of School Boards, Des Moines, IA. Contact Barbara Byrnes

November 12, 2010, Keynote Oregon School Boards Association, Portland, OR. Contact Betsy Miller-Jones

October 25, 2010, Keynote New Jersey Association of Independent Schools Conference, Lawrenceville, NJ.
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October 22, 2010, Keynote British Columbia Educators Conference, Vancouver, BC. Contact Michael Smallbone

October 15, 2010, Keynote The Feast Conference of Young Innovators, NYC.
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October 14, 2010, Keynote Wake Education Partnership Conference, Raleigh, NC. For information, contact: Julie Crain

October 13, 2010, Keynote, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Harrisburg, PA. Contact: Robert Shapiro

October 8-10, 2010, Conference co-chair & Keynote speaker, The Education Project International Conference, Bahrain.
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    • November 4, 2014 - Doha, Qatar
    • November 12, 2014 - Miami, FL
    • November 19, 2014 - New York City
    • November 23, 2014 - Toronto, Canada
    • December 4, 2014 - Manchester, England

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