Faculty Orientation 2015

The Loyola faculty returned today from our Summer recess to formally kick-off the 2015-2016 academic year.  After a morning session held in our newly renovated Gannon Theater space, including updates from around the school,  Dr. Tony Wagner, led the faculty and staff community in an Interactive Skype Session, focusing on exploring the ideas in our summer reading of Dr. Wagner’s bestselling book Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World.

Dr. Wagner currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab. Prior to this appointment, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility.  Tony is a widely published author, with his work including numerous articles and six books. Tony’s latest, Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, co-authored by Ted Dintersmith, was just published by Scribner.  In addition to Creating Innovators, his 2008 book, The Global Achievement Gap continues to be an international best seller, with a Second Edition recently released.  Tony recently served as the Strategic Education Advisor for a major new education documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed,” which had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He also collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a 60 minute documentary, “The Finland Phenomenon: Inside The World’s Most Surprising School System” in 2010.

The Loyola faculty enjoyed a lively conversation and engaged discussion with Dr. Wagner, serving as a terrific way to begin our year together by expanding our virtual halls around East 83rd and Park.

—Posted: September 8, 2015