Patrick Higgins, Jr. has been a teacher of English and Social Studies, a technology coordinator, and an administrator at various schools in New Jersey. In his current position, he focuses on developing curriculum to meet the needs of today’s students, coordinating professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators, and facilitating change within the school systems. In January 2016, he was the recipient of ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award, which “honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.” He has presented on topics such as Leadership for Today’s Students, Creating Personal Learning Environments, Writing for Authentic Audiences, and Revitalizing Traditional Learning Environments. His focus within the past year has been on introducing teachers to the disruptive nature of social technology and the pedagogical shifts they bring about. Patrick obtained his B.A. in Anthropology from Syracuse University and his M.A. in Education from St. Peter’s College. He is a Senior Consultant at Authentic Education, an adjunct professor at the College of Saint Elizabeth and at Saint Peter’s University. He currently writes at Chalkdust101 and Notes from the Field.