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Dr. Sonny Magana EdD

Dr. Anthony J. “Sonny” Magana III is an award-winning educator, best-selling author, and pioneering educational technology researcher. Sonny is a highly sought-after leadership consultant and instructional coach with more than thirty years’ experience helping educational systems around the world realize the power of transcendent learning. The author of numerous research studies and articles, Sonny’s newest book, Disruptive Classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education, will be published in June, 2017 through Corwin Press. 

A tireless advocate for transcending the status quo, Sonny founded and served as Principal of Washington State’s first CyberSchool in 1996, a groundbreaking blended learning program that continues to meet the needs of at-risk students in Washington. He is a recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and the Governor’s Commendation for Educational Excellence. An avid musician, yoga practitioner, and beekeeper, Sonny holds a bachelor of science degree from Stockton University, a master of education degree from City University (where he was honored with the Presidential Award for meritorious scholarship), an educational administration endorsement, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University.

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Sonny Magana has made a significant contribution to innovation in education with his important book, Disruptive Classroom Technologies, and the T3 Framework. There have been 161 meta-analyses on various aspects of computers in education – from 10,226 studies, and the average effect is d =.34 – and this effect has not changed over the past 50 years despite phenomenal changes in the technology. A major reason for this lack of impact is most technological interventions do not change the dominant “tell and practice” teaching model. Moving beyond translation and transforming current practice to transcendent uses of technology is clearly where we should go. We need to build collaborative communities of students solving problems, explaining to others (regardless of ability) and using the social media aspects of technology to change classroom conversations from monologue to dialogue, increasing student impact questions, and allowing errors to be stated and dealt with – this can be so transcendental. This is the core of Magana’s claims, and indeed this is how we’ll see technology really make the difference we’re after!


— John Hattie

Laureate Professor, Deputy Dean of MGSE,
Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute Melbourne Graduate School of Education
University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia





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 Research-Tested Resources

Dr. Magana’s books, articles, and posts are informed by three decades of research on solving the wicked problem of technology integration in education. In his newest book, Disruptive Classroom Technologies, Sonny introduces his T3 Framework for innovation in education. Disruptive


 Inspirational Speaking

Dr. Sonny Magana been hailed for his inspirational talks on his vision for the future of education. Grounded in the highest quality educational research, Sonny provides motivational, informative, and actionable presentations on the leveraging digital tools to build contributive communities of


 Results Driven Consultation

Traditional teacher training programs have failed to move learning systems forward. Collective efficacy can only be established through integrated systemic intervention using an actionable model for continuous improvement. Dr. Magana has vast experience in measurably moving learning organizations forward, and


 The T3 Framework for Innovation in Education


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“If we continue along our current trajectory, students in future classrooms will sit in front of computers passively absorbing information transmitted by a teaching robot. Future classrooms will simply reproduce in a digital realm what’s currently being done in the analog world: mistaking the transmission of information for authentic knowledge generation.

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