Gary Appel, M.Ed.
Mr. Gary Appel is Director of the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center and a Senior Consultant on the Education team at American Institutes for Research. As deputy director of Great Lakes, he focuses on managing capacity building technical assistance to the state education agencies in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Previously, Mr. Appel worked for the Michigan Department of Education, where he was a professional development coordinator for a statewide mathematics and science systemic reform initiative. Prior to that, he directed the Life Lab Science Program, an elementary science curriculum and professional development initiative. From 1990-1993, Mr. Appel was a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow and he earned a master’s degree in science education from the University of Michigan and taught elementary science in Santa Cruz, California. Mr. Appel is the co-author of Leading Lesson Study: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Facilitators and The Growing Classroom.