Resident Experts

Sonny Magana, Ph.D.

CEO Magana Education
Award-Winning Teacher, Best-Selling Author


Leadership Coaching 1:1 Learning
Cognitive Acceleration T3 Framework for Innovation
Meta Learning



Dr. Sonny Magana is a 1:1 learning pioneer, award-winning teacher, Oxford Research Scholar, best-selling author, and consultant. In 1995, Sonny created and served as Principal of the Mukilteo Cyberschool, the first “Distributed Learning” program in the United States. In 2017, he wrote Disruptive Classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education, in which he introduced the T3 Framework. Synthesized from four decades of painstaking research, the T3 Framework strategies were shown to reliably accelerate learning and achievement by harnessing the potential of educational technology tools. Called, “A brilliant breakthrough in our understanding and use of technology for learning,” by Professor Michael Fullan, the T3 Framework research findings were peer-reviewed and published in the prestigious Oxford University Research Encyclopedia of Education.

Sonny’s newest book, Learning in the Zone: The 7 Habits of Meta-Learners, was recently published to global critical acclaim. Dr. Robert J. Marzano wrote, “Magana’s concept of ‘Meta Learning’ lays the foundation for the new pedagogy of the 21st Century.” Professor John Hattie wrote, “Magana has advanced our understanding of the Visible Learning model a major step forward. Sonny Magana has truly become the ‘Eddie Van Halen’ of learning.”

An avid musician, yoga practitioner, and mountaineer, Sonny was awarded the Milken Family Foundation Educator Award, the inaugural Washington Governor’s Commendation for Educational Excellence, the EdTech Digest Global Education Leadership Award, and was named one of their top influencers in education. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stockton University, a Master of Education degree from City University, and an Administrative Credential and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University.