Steven Zipkes

Founder & President of Advanced Reasoning in Education & Founding Principal of Cedars International Next Generation High School

Project Based Learning (ENG)

Live aus Austin, USA

Steven Zipkes, proud Educational Practitioner currently holds several positions as the Founder and President of Advanced Reasoning in Education: Think Global PBL Academies and Founding Principal of Cedars International Next Generation High School in Austin, Texas where he designed and opened his next 100% PBL, STEM school in 2016 and notably he is the former Founding Principal of Manor New Technology High School. Zipkes’ design of a 100% Project Based Learning school that focuses on STEM integrated curriculum and 21st century essential skills has been recognized globally, distinguishing his school design in many arenas. One of Mr. Zipkes’ greatest professional honors was a visit by The President of the United States, Barak Obama, to Manor New Tech who highlighted the successful PBL STEM practices and the positive impact the school’s design had on student achievement. Steven was invited to present at the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University in response to his contribution and recognition for closing the Achievement Gap and in 2014 was awarded the National STEM Visionary Award by the International Association for STEM Leaders.  He has been featured at many STEM events, including the US News and World Report’s STEM Solution Conference, and was the opening Keynote Speaker at the 2018 International Lean In STEM Conference in Warsaw, Poland. He is a contributing author in both Design, Make, Play: Growing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators and Deeper Learning: Beyond 21st Century Skills.  His schools have had numerous case studies conducted on his innovative PBL STEM approach, including the OSPrI study, a research collaboration between George Washington University, George Mason University, and SRI International and the S3 STEM School Study out of The University of Chicago. 

Mr. Zipkes hails from The University of Texas at Austin and holds Mid-Management Principal and Superintendent Certifications and has served in both of those roles throughout his career.

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