Dr. Michael Stanton draws on nearly 40 years of experience in business and education to provide coaching, organizational support, workshops, and a variety of tools to support innovation and success in schools. His recent achievement is the design, development, and implementation of nex+Gen Academy, a small School of Choice, including smart use of technology that enriches real-world and student centered project based learning curriculum and instruction. When combined with integration of a unique, highly effective professional culture for teachers and students built on solid core values and developing enduring skills, a formula for college and career readiness for a diverse community of learners was achieved.

Dr. Stanton earned a Ph.D from the University of New Mexico in 2008 from the College of Education in Organizational Leadership and Instructional Technology with a minor emphasis in Educational Leadership. He believes that successful organizations, especially schools, include effective leaders that implement collaborative decision making to engage and build ownership of its teachers and all members of the learning community. Supporting and enriching effective organizations includes implementing technology and technology planning that is research based, using strategically built plans with all stakeholders and users.

As founding principal of nex+Gen Academy in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Stanton led the successful implementation of the first 1 to 1 computer device per student program in public schools in the state. The school’s diverse student population enters at the average of their peers in the community, graduate in four years making the greatest gains in standardized tests, graduation rates, college readiness assessments, career readiness measure, and other performance based measurements. nex+Gen Academy’s educational model places the school in the highest statistical peer group in New Mexico.

Dr. Stanton recently retired from Albuquerque Public Schools and principal of nex+Gen Academy. Prior to his seven years there, he worked as an administrator at one of the neediest high schools in Albuquerque. He has served as Director and Lead Teacher of a large comprehensive high school’s career academies, small learning communities, and Carl Perkin’s funded Career and Technical Education Programs. He later designed and implemented three new academies using the same model and funded by a Magnet School Implementation Grant. In addition, he coordinated School-to-Careers activities including job shadows, mentorship, mock interviews, and four year high school planning. Throughout his professional career as an educator, Dr. Stanton has integrated smart and effective use of technology to enrich and support his personal work and his programs. Much of the nearly $10 million dollars in grants he wrote for and received went to teacher professional development and purchase of technology.

Dr. Stanton has the rare and highly successful business experience in sales and sales management in the late 1970’s and thought the ’80s involving the very first personal and business computers from Tandy Corporation.

He presented for and partnered with: The Small Schools Workshop, ACTE, Magnet Schools of America, National Career Academy Consortium, New Tech Network, and The Intel Visionary Conference.

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