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Chris Lehmann: chris@practicaltheory.org
Web Page: http://www.practicaltheory.org
School Web Page: http://www.scienceleadership.org
Twitter: chrislehmann
Skype: chrislehmann
Recent Presentation on 21st Century Learning: http://ubd21c.wikispaces.com


Standard Bio: Chris is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. Chris has returned to his native Philadelphia after nine years as an English Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Girls Basketball Coach and Ultimate Frisbee coach at the Beacon School in New York City, one of the leading urban public schools for technology integration.

In 2006, the National School Board Association named Chris one of "20 to Watch" among American administrators. In 2001, Chris was honored by MOUSE as a Champion of Technology and Education for his work on building the portal at the Beacon School. Chris has spoken at educational conferences all over the world, including the Building Learning Communities conference, the National Educational Computing Conference, the Philadedelphia Area Educational Technology Conference, The Council of Educational Facilities Planners Regional Conference, the K12-Online Conference, the International Conference on Technology and Education and at LinuxWorld, and he has worked with many schools and districts in the U.S. and England as a consultant.

Some Thoughts: One of the things I am most passionate about is harnessing 21st Century tools to create more progressive schools. We have the ability now to create more thoughtful, more collaborative, more democratic and more action-oriented schools than ever before. It may mean that we have to give up some of our notions of what schools, teachers, students, even (*gasp*) administrators have been in the traditional past to create something new, but that time has come.

The best thing, I think, though, is that we actually already know much of what we need to know. The last one hundred years of progressive education in America have created a road-map for us to follow. One of the most important things for me is to ask the question -- What can we learn from the best of educational theory of the past to help us to create meaningful schools of today.

Lastly, a lot of folks ask me what are our goals for our students at Science Leadership Academy. Simply put, I want them to be thoughtful, wise, passionate and kind. Everything else builds from that.

I look forward to meeting and working with you all!