Last updated on: 5/16/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Bob Lenz, MA Biography

Title:
CEO and Co-Founder of Envision Education
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"
Reasoning:

“I think this technology [tablets] will revolutionize the way a student will access all types of information: media, academic research, and books (non-fiction, fiction, and textbooks). In addition, students can produce digital work, blog, chat, and email with peers and teachers — all for a relatively low cost… Look for many new applications to be built for tablets that will serve as a course of study or a unit of instruction. Someday, teachers might just create apps for their students instead of handing out papers, or posting assignments on the Internet. I also wonder if this technology will allow access for students across the world that do not have access to schools or teachers.”

“Will the iPad and Similar Technology Revolutionize Learning?,” edutopia.org, June 9, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education or education technology. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of education or education technology.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • CEO and Co-Founder, Envision Education (charter school management company), Jan. 2001-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Buck Institute for Education, 2002-Dec. 2010
  • Field Consultant, UC Berkeley, June 2000-June 2002
  • Teacher, Student Activities Director, and Principal, Sir Francis Drake High School, 1993-2001
  • Member, Advisory Council, St. Mary’s College School of Education
  • Education:
  • MA, Education, San Francisco State University, 1991
  • BA, Government, St. Mary’s College of California, 1986
  • Other:
  • Under Lenz’s leadership, Sir Francis Drake High School was named a “New American High School” (1 of 13 in 1999) by the Secretary of Education and featured on the cover of US News and World Report as an example of “high school reform that works.”
  • Was first in his family to receive a college degree
  • Twitter name: @Envisionschools
  • Interests include rugby, cycling, and stand-up paddle boarding