Consulting | Speaking | Workshops | Clients

Consulting

Tony has designed and led numerous highly interactive workshops for schools, districts, foundations, professional associations, and state agencies. Tony’s team-centered approach is known for generating new motivation and momentum for systemic improvements. For more information, contact Tony at: tony@tonywagner.com

Keynote Presentations & Motivational Speaking

Tony has been referred to by many as a highly motivational and inspirational speaker who effectively engages diverse audiences with a unique lecture/conversation style. Listed below are some of the topics Tony speaks on, as well as a list of recent presentations and media appearances. For fees and availability, please email tony at: tony@tonywagner.com

Selected Recent Presentations

  • “‘Reinventing’ America’s Schools,” Microsoft Corporation Guest Speaker Series
  • “Starting Points for Reinvention,” Keynote, U.S. Department of Education Conference on Reinventing High Schools
  • “Educators Are From Mars; Business Leaders Live on Venus: How Are We Going To Get Down To Earth Together?,” Keynote, Illinois State School/Business Partnership Conference
  • “Seeing the School Reform Elephant: What Policymakers Need to Know,” American Educational Research Association
  • “Seeking Higher Moral and Academic Standards: A Response to Character Education,” Closing Address, American Association of Higher Education Conference
  • “Strategies for Building Community Partnerships,” Keynote Address, Connecticut Priority School Districts Conference
  • “What is The Aim of Educational Reform?” Keynote Address, Pennsylvania School Reform Network
  • “Are Schools ‘Failing’?” Keynote Address, Texas School-to-Work State Conference
  • “Successful Strategies for Community Involvement,” Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum
  • “Charter Schools: Promises, Problems, and Policy Recommendations,” Connecticut State Legislature Policy Briefing
  • “Charter Schools: Policy Implications for Educational Reform,” Education Week Press Briefing
  • “Towards a New Definition of Parental Involvement,” U.S. Department of Education Goals 2000 Launch Conference
  • “Why School Reform: Making the Case for Change,” Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Professional Development Program for Administrators
  • “New Strategies for Public Engagement,” A series of seminars and planning sessions for the New England Superintendents’ Leadership Council at Brown University

Media Appearances

  • McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour
  • NBC “Today” Show
  • National Public Radio, “Talk of the Nation” and “All Things Considered”
  • numerous local television and radio programs around the country

Workshops

Tony has designed and led numerous highly interactive workshops for schools, districts, foundations, professional associations, and state agencies. Tony’s team-centered approach is known for generating new motivation and momentum for systemic improvements. For more information, contact Tony at: tony@tonywagner.com

Clients

State of Hawaii

At the invitation of State Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto, state legislators and business leaders, Tony has made numerous trips to Hawaii in the last several years. He has conducted day-long conferences on systemic change for teams from every elementary and secondary school in the state and has worked with Complex Area Superintendents on improving instructional leadership, as well as with a team of K-12 principals in South Kona. (See Tony’s recent Education Week Commentary, “Rigor on Trial” for a brief description of his work with these principals.) Tony was also invited to address state legislators and was a featured speaker at the 2004 and 2006 Hawaii Executive conference.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

From the launch of their Education Programs Division in 1999 until 2008, Tony served as Senior Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He consulted to the foundation in the development of their original business plan, reviewed foundation strategies and proposals, created and supervised a network of district “coaches,” and provided direct technical assistance to foundation grantees. His current title at the foundation is Senior Fellow, and he continues to work with the Education Program Director and Program Officers in a number of capacities.

U.S. Department of Education

Known for his expertise on high school “reinvention,” Tony was a keynote speaker and panelist for the first United States Department of Education Small Learning Communities National Conference. he has since been invited to speak in school districts establishing Small Learning Communities in a number of states, including North Carolina, New Mexico, and Texas.