Gerald Aungst has nearly 25 years experience as a professional educator, specializing in digital technology, mathematics, and gifted education. In his various roles as a classroom teacher, gifted support specialist, administrator, curriculum designer, and professional developer, he has worked to create a rich and vibrant learning culture. Gerald is a founder of AllAboutExplorers.com and ConnectedTeachers.org. His book, 5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom, is available from Corwin.
An experienced speaker, Mr. Aungst will be giving the keynote address at the 2016 EIRC Gifted and Talented Learning Fair. He was also a member of the keynote panel and a featured presenter at Digital Learning Day 2013. He has presented at many regional and national conferences, including ISTE, Educon, NAGC, PETE&C, ITEC, FETC, and Carnegie-Mellon University.
Since 2009, Gerald Aungst has served as supervisor of gifted education and elementary mathematics for the School District of Cheltenham Township (PA). While in this role, he coordinated a district team to review and update the district’s gifted support program, and helped lead the district’s transition to the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Mr. Aungst also served on the Administrator Task Force for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).
Prior to his service as an administrator, Mr. Aungst taught at the elementary level for eighteen years in both the regular classroom and as a gifted support specialist. He was also the lead teacher for the district’s science curriculum and for a summer remedial program.
A longtime advocate of the power of technology to empower students and enhance learning, Mr. Aungst was the first in his school to embrace tools like blogging and wikis to allow students to collaborate across schools and to give parents a window into the classroom. Mr. Aungst is also deeply committed to equity in education, and strives to ensure that every child has the same opportunities to learn and excel regardless of their ability or background.
Mr. Aungst holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a master of education degree from Widener University. He also completed administrative certificate programs at Bloomsburg University (curriculum) and St. Joseph’s University (principal). You can find Mr. Aungst on Twitter at @geraldaungst.