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Dr. Tony Wagner is Announced as ACTFL 2013 Opening General Session Keynote Speaker

CONTACT: Julia Richardson
(703) 894-2900 ext. 104

Alexandria, VA (March 11, 2013) — ACTFL is excited to announce the Keynote Speaker at the 2013 ACTFL Annual Convention and World Languages Expo opening general session. The opening session will take place in the morning of Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Tony Wagner will be this year's speaker. He will deliver the keynote address on the topic of "Creating Innovators with Passion, Play and Purpose".

Dr. Wagner is a highly sought-after consultant for schools, districts and foundations around the United States and internationally. He was the founder and served as co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. His work experience also includes 12 years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility.

A frequent speaker at national and international conferences and a widely published author, Dr. Wagner's work includes numerous articles and five books. His latest, "Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World", has just been published by Simon & Schuster. He will be signing copies of this book following his keynote address. Another recent book, "The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need—and What We Can Do About It", has been a best seller and is currently being translated into Chinese. He has also recently collaborated with noted filmmaker Robert Compton to create a 60-minute documentary, "The Finnish Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System".

Visit the ACTFL 2013 Convention page for more information.


The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national association for language education professionals from all levels of instruction and representing all languages. With more than 12,300 active members, ACTFL provides innovative professional development opportunities, acclaimed training and certification programs, and widely cited books, publications, scholarly journals, research studies and language education resources, including Foreign Language Annals and The Language Educator magazine. As part of its mission and vision, the organization provides guidance to the profession and to the general public regarding issues, policies, and best practices related to the teaching and learning of languages and cultures. ACTFL is a leading national voice among language educators and administrators and is guided by a responsibility to set standards and expectations that will result in high quality language programs. For more information, visit the website at www.actfl.org.

Monday, March 11, 2013