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As a psychologist, educator, author, and speaker, my mission is to change the world by changing education. My approach to educational transformation includes sharing a powerful, field-tested model of project based learning (PBL) that invites inquiry, innovation, creativity, and intellectual depth. This model aligns with a systematic redesign of schools and learning environments by integrating PBL with a high performance culture, whole child principles, teacher discovery and empowerment, teaching and assessment of 21st century skills, an inquiry-based curriculum, and use of digital resources for teacher and student collaboration. All of my work is rooted in three themes essential to education in the global age: Opportunities for every child; the reunification of brain and heart; and the global ideal of a just world.

I have worked with over 250 schools and districts, and conducted workshops for over 5000 teachers across five continents, providing proven methods and resources for designing high quality, challenging, authentic projects in all disciplines, including science and engineering. For schools seeking sustained professional development, either in the U.S. or internationally, I now offer Remote Coaching and Online PBL through PBL Global, a non-profit organization committed to supporting inquiry-based educators in all countries.

If you’re interested in becoming a skilled PBL teacher, or your school or district needs help in envisioning, designing, and implementing a successful, sustainable plan for inquiry-based learning that meets the needs of 21st century young people, please Contact Me.


My school redesign services...

Would you like help redesigning your school for 21st century learning? I offer a set of unique services that can help you envision, design, and implement a successful, sustainable plan for high performance inquiry-based learning that emphasizes innovation, creativity, and student empowerment. My approach integrates seven key aspects of a successful inquiry-based system into a three-year Action Cycle matrix: (1) teacher discovery and empowerment; (2) organizational alignment; (3) entrepreneurial project based learning; (4) development of a high performance culture based on whole child principles; (5) teaching and assessment of 21st century skills; (6) curriculum redesign; and (7) use of digital resources and learning management systems.

I have helped establish STEM academies and centers of innovation, trained teachers in innovation and creativity, and assisted districts and ministries in designing inquiry-based schools. I use a combination of onsite training and virtual coaching sessions to craft and support a strategic vision for your school, as well as develop the materials and processes necessary for successful inquiry-based teaching and leanring. 

Keynotes: Please contact me for information about fees and schedules for keynote events and plenary addresses. 

News and notes: Read my latest blog: Inquiry-based learning vs. Standardized content: Can they coexist? 

Latest Blog Posts

  • Please Pay Me $50M to Reinvent High Schools

    The recent announcement that the XQ Institute—a product funded by Steve Jobs’ Apple fortune—would sponsor an alternative Race to the Top by calling for proposals that will ‘reimagine and design the ne ...

    Saturday, 26 September 2015
  • Five Questions Educators Will Need to Ask Someday Soon

    Two trends suddenly seem quite acute, even threatening. And they’re related. One, the world continue its slide into a deep mess driven by lack of unity, sharp differences about the future, and a fore ...

    Tuesday, 22 September 2015
  • Do You have the Personality to be an Inquiry-Based Teacher?

    So far, the challenges of transforming education into a system capable of inspiring students to become skillful, creative, knowledgeable problem solvers fall into familiar territory: What types of cur ...

    Saturday, 07 February 2015
  • PBL and the Truth About Teams

    Here’s an excerpt of an email I received recently from a middle school teacher describing how student teams performed during their first PBL project:  Overall the students gave me feedback in their ...

    Tuesday, 03 February 2015
  • In an Era of Conflict, Healing the World One Classroom at a Time

    Stories about Ferguson, Syria, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Nigeria, and moral lapses or destructive behavior in local U.S. communities so often involve young people. It’s not hyperbole to say that we’re in d ...

    Wednesday, 21 January 2015
  • What if Learning Is Nothing but a Mindset?

    In medicine, the placebo effect is well known, but still mysterious. Through some unknown connection between mind and body, placebos produce changes in brain states, immune systems, blood pressure, an ...

    Sunday, 28 December 2014
  • Ten 'Must Have' Skills for Teaching the Common Core

    When teachers and parents hear the term Common Core Standards (CCS), a frequent tendency is to see the new standards as a simple upgrade. In fact, the CCS represent an entirely new operating system. ...

    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • Occupy the Future

    If we’re going to eventually educate the whole child, it will be helpful to know who we’re dealing with. At the moment, it’s not obvious to me that we do. First, the definition of the whole child is o ...

    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • Only Whole Children Can Make Schools Safe

    In the long term, there is just one answer to the problem of school safety: More love. The short term solution, on the other hand, lies in the unhealthy mix of force, fear, guns, security, locks, and ...

    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • Connecting the Dots to Whole Child Education

    Today’s date: April 1, 2013.               Today’s lead education article: How should we handle homework?               Today’s lead statistic: ADHD diagnosed in 11% of U.S. children.            ...

    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
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