Anthony Sgro is a 5th and 6th grade music teacher at Hillside Intermediate School in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Hillside School is a public school with special designation as an official Roots & Shoots school, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute. As a founding member of Hillside’s Professional Learning Community Leadership Team, Anthony specializes in the implementation of creative strategies that not only meet the rigorous academic environment in his school, but also engage students and teachers in meaningful, real world applications of the skills and concepts taught in the classroom. He recently initiated a project-based interdisciplinary curriculum that connects the struggle for civil rights to NJ’s new anti-bullying law. Anthony earned a B.A. from Westminster Choir College in 1993, a M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2008, and an Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010. Anthony has been recognized as the 2010 Teacher of the Year and 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award for his work in the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District. Anthony looks forward to developing the skills necessary to lead educational change that responds to the urgent needs of the 21st century learner.