Dr. Anthony J. “Sonny” Magana III is an award-winning teacher, best-selling author, and pioneering educational technology researcher who is committed to promoting innovation in education. Sonny’s vision is to make the world a better place by improving the lives of teachers and students through evidence-based innovation, not just simple digitization. Frustrated with the overabundance of evidence-free noise confounding the educational technology niche, Sonny launched Magana Education as a means to solve a wicked problem that matters to him: reversing the dismally low impact educational technologies have had on student achievement. Sonny conducts, compiles, and synthesizes the highest quality educational technology research into understandable and actionable teaching and learning strategies that teachers and leaders can readily apply with immediate and positive effect. If Sonny were to ever get a tattoo (he won’t) it would read: “No action without research, and no research without action” (Lewin, 1938).
Sonny is a highly sought-after organizational development expert, 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, was published in June, 2017 through Corwin Press and is already considered a “must read” for modern educators. Sonny’s first book, “Enhancing the Art and Science of Teaching with Technology, was co-written with Dr. Robert J. Marzano, received wide international acclaim. He is currently working on a new book which is tentatively titled, Becoming a Limitless Learner, in which he articulates a Modern Learning Framework.
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 Rock and Roll 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.