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Robert Torres

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Senior Program Officer
NYC
Robert is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supporting their digital media and college readiness work.  Until recently he served at the Chief Research Officer at Institute of Play where he co-founded Quest to Learn, a games-based school in New York City.  His research at Quest to Learn and on Gamestar Mechanic, a video game designed to support kids development of basic game skills, has focused on the potential game design and games-based environments have in supporting cognitive development.   Robert has worked as a teacher, school principal and education consultant since 1988, including serving as teacher in Oakland, president of Teach For America's national faculty and a school leader and designer in NYC. 
Robert has a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Masters in Policy and School Administration from Bank Street College of Education and was a Stanford University Research Fellow. Robert completed a Ph.D in games and learning at New York University. Follow Robert on Twitter @robjtorres

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, April 17
 

9:20am