Robert McGarry, Ed.D., is the Director of Education for GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Dr. McGarry is a lifelong educator with over 10 years of experience guiding, developing and assessing the implementation of curriculum on both the district and state levels in his home state of New Jersey. His professional and academic passions, exemplified by his doctoral thesis: Troubling Teachable Moments: Initiating Teacher Discourse on Homophobic Speech are what brought him to GLSEN where he is now fully engaged in evidence-based efforts to provide educators with tools to teach young people the value of respecting that which makes us different. Dr. McGarry has spoken at various state and national conferences, provided testimony to governmental commissions, and developed school district workshops that blend research with practice. Dr. McGarry holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Bucknell University, a Master of Music Education from the University of Hartford and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory from the University of Pennsylvania.