Jerry Crisci is the founding co-Director of the Center for Innovation for the Scarsdale Public Schools in Scarsdale, NY, where he also served as Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation. His work has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, CBS radio's Charles Osgood program, School CIO, District Administration, and EdTech magazines. Under his leadership, Scarsdale was awarded a Technology Salute by the National School Boards Association at their annual conference in Anaheim, California, one of three districts selected nationally.
Jerry served as a contributing editor at Electronic Learning magazine and a columnist for Kids and Computers magazine. His articles and software reviews have appeared in many books and publications, including Classroom Computer Learning, Multimedia Schools, Instructor, Technology Horizons in Education and Middle Years. He also wrote chapters about the use of educational technology in two books, Bridging the Gap: Integrating Curriculum in Upper Elementary and Middle School (Heineman) and Information Technology for Schools: Creating Practical Knowledge To Improve Student Performance (with Ken Holvig) (Jossey-Bass).
Jerry enjoys speaking about the future of instructional technology, and has given keynote speeches at school districts, universities, and corporations, including Google, Apple, and IBM. He has also presented at several national and international conferences, including the International Conference on Technology and Education at MIT, the NSBA Technology and Learning Conference, The New Media Consortium Conference, the Consortium for School Networking (COSN) conferences in Washington DC and San Diego, the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Conference in Vienna, Austria, and at several ISTE Conferences around the country. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at St. Thomas Aquinas College, and a technology workshop leader at ASCD Summer Technology Academies in New York, Illinois, and North Carolina.
Jerry has been recognized for his work in technology by being selected as a Google Certified Teacher and Innovator. In 2012, he was chosen by the New Media Consortium to serve as a K-12 Ambassador, a global network of 22 leading educational visionaries. Gerald was also presented with an Apple “Think Different” award for his pioneering use of multimedia in schools.
Currently serving as President of Chestnut Hill Media, Jerry works in a number of roles, including consulting on instructional technology, AI in education, innovation and instructional redesign, multimedia creation, software development, and music composition using digital tools. He also enjoys writing articles and white papers about the future of technology. He has authored two commercial educational software packages - They Came to Ellis Island and The Multimedia Project Planning Kit. His book on AI, instructional redesign, and the five trends that are transforming education will be published in the spring of 2024.
Jerry has a B.A. with honors in Psychology from Rutgers College, Rutgers University, a dual M.S. in Elementary Education and Computer Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a C.A.S. in Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.