Lee Watanabe-Crockett

Lee helps educators and organisations all around the world nurture creative potential and achieve new levels of professional excellence.

About Lee


Lee Watanabe-Crockett works with governments, education systems, international agencies and corporations to help people and organisations connect to their highest purpose and realise their wish for the future.

Lee believes in creating balance in the reality of a digital present and future. As such, living in Japan, he studies Aikido, Buddhism, and the Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute.

Joyful curiosity is the foundation of his approach to creating vital learning environments for groups around the world through the two organisations he as founded, the Global Digital Citizen Foundation, and Wabisabi Learning.

His several best-selling books including Literacy is not Enough, Growing Global Digital Citizens, Mindful Assessment and Future-Focused Learning, have garnered many awards and are used in schools and universities around the world.

I highly respect Lee not only for his ability to conceive of big-picture solutions to reinvent education to stay relevant in the face of relentless and fast-paced change, but also for his personal approach.

Paul M. Poore

AASSA Executive Director

By implementing Lee’s highly effective coaching processes, I have seen professional transformation take place in the form of renewed teacher practice and increased student engagement.

Kathleen Baker Brown

Assistant Principal, Parap Primary School

Well, what can I say?  All spoke of how fantastic the presentation was and how it all made such sense … you did more in that time than I could have done in years of discussing the concepts of the Fluencies. 

Simon McGlade

Principal, Newport Gardens Primary School

It was great to have Lee as the opener to the conference. He captured the imagination of the audience wonderfully. His research and presentation was clear and precise, and his enthusiasm was awe-inspiring!

ULearn NZ

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