Converge Magazine named Gary Stager
of Our Future" in its August 1999 issue!
Gary S. Stager is the 1998 Recipient of the Outstanding
Educator Award presented by the New Jersey Educational Computing
educators have to say about Gary Stager...
people think "outside of the box." Gary is unaware
of the box's existence.
David Thornburg (author, speaker, futurist)
I recently attended the summit in Chicago. Your presentation was fantastic. I only hope I can begin to get my own head truly focused on a new way of teaching. What I beieve needs to be done is still a fleeting wisp of a vision. Trying to make every stakeholder "happy" is NOT possible. Between NCLB and pacing charts, and ISAT tests, it is hard to convinced those teachers entrenched in the 50's to moved along without deflating the spirit of those who are ready to move ahead. Keep up the wonderful work. You are now my "spirit-lifting bookmark."
6th grade teacher
has an exceptional ability to conceptualize and develop thoughts
which are readily used in everyday work situations... Through
his efforts children were able to go far beyond what you
would expect in the regular classroom. He encouraged and
helped teachers who were afraid of computer instruction to
allow the students to travel far beyond their realm of knowledge.
H. Huff, Asst. Supt. of Schools (retired)
Wayne Township Public Schools (NJ)
Ohanian (author of Garbage Pizza Patchwork Quilts and Math Magic,
One Size Fits Few: The Folly of Educational Standards and Caught
in the Middle)
have I seen teachers so stimulated to discussion, especially
in an evening course they attend after a full day's work in
Anne McDougall, Senior Lecturer
Monash University, Australia
wanted to thank you for the Cyberschool Microworlds/Mindstorms
workshops. The energy in the labs was unbelievable! It was
as if you were a magnet and your energy kept drawing children
into the room. In all my years at Cyberschool-I've never
seen anything like it. Your talk was entertaining as well.
Edmonds Cyberschool - Washington, USA
your piece... Glad you, too, are in there fighting.
Kohn (author of The Case Against Standardized Testing: Raising
the Scores, Ruining the Schools, Punished By Rewards and The Schools
Our Children Deserve)
feedback from all of your sessions indicates that your contribution
towards the professional development of these exemplary educators
was stimulating, thought provoking, motivating and, not least,
entertaining. Your experience in working with teachers in
their own setting, empathetic approach and passion for making
schools amenable to the needs of children were features of
your presentations and workshops.
look forward to your future visits to Melbourne and trust
that your contributions to the improvement of education in
Victoria will be ongoing for many years to come.
Rigby, Group Manager - Learning Technologies
Victoria (Australia) Department of Education
ASCD presentation was outstanding and I gained valuable understanding
for a wonderful hour yesterday.
(attendee at the Schooltech Expo)
a brief note to say thanks for a most informative and motivating
session today. Your annecdotes and comments hit the spot...
Anyways... your session today has given me the impetus to
keep trying and make technology a vital part of any success
i may have with my children.
Thanks again Gary
Eagleby State School (Australia)
you for giving such an entertaining keynote address to end
out Computers in Education Conference... your provocative talk
ensured that participants left stimulated and challenged.
Smyth, 1991 Conference Chair
Computer Education Group of Victoria, Australia
take great pleasure in thanking you for the incomparably
eye-and-mind opening presentation... Our work is moving ahead
with a greater momentum since your visit.
Abramson, Associate Professor
William Paterson College of NJ
love for education is evident in everything he does; he is
a "master teacher" who knows how to lead children
so that they experience learning without being "taught."
R. Gelman, Founder
Parents for Academically & Artistically Talented Students,
Stager, who visited on the very last session, seemed to bring
the whole class together in a very real and meaningful way.
I will unashamedly be drawing on the things that he shared
with us. Gary Stager seemed to verbalise many teaching and
learning concepts that I had being subconsciously battling
with for a number of years. The chance to listen to this
man is one that I know I will look back on as a turning point
to my attitudes and philosophies in teaching and learning.
Monash University, Australia
A letter to the editor...
My response is simply, "terrific." I
think Gary's thinking is clear and uncluttered with false preconceptions.
As a successful
grant writer, 4th grade teacher and Nationally Board Certified
Teacher, I find that Gary is very much in tune with the
reality of day to day teaching in a real classroom. Many
of his aside comments hit the mark directly...
...Gary's article is so outstanding that I have printed it out to share with
my principal and I think it will be a "jumping off" point for more
indepth discussion and to borrow a phrase, "accountable talk." My
students are currently publishing their stories on our classroom web site and
not skipping any of the steps of the Writing Process. I felt encouraged
and reinforced in my efforts when I noted that Gary pointed out the importance
L.S. (elementary school teacher)
The Speaking Out article, A Lotta Coloring Goin' On, was warmly
debated and enjoyed during a luncheon with my colleagues. Almost
all agreed with you!
Supervisor of Instructional Media