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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 200 schools and districts, and conducted workshops for nearly 5000 teachers across five continents, providing proven methods and resources for designing high quality, challenging, authentic projects in all disciplines, including science and engineering. Through PBL Global, a partnership with NaMaYa online professional development, I also offer Virtual Coaching and online PBL courses to schools and educators in the U.S. and internationally.

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

  • Fixing the Flaws in Project Based Learning: From learning to inquiry

    Worldwide, 2014 will be a crucial year for education. Every system, in every country, is in the process of figuring out how to reboot education to teach skills, application, and attitude in addition t ...

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    Sunday, 30 March 2014
  • Why PBL is Good for the Brain

    The news coming in about neuroplasticity—the finding that the brain changes dramatically in response to experience—continues to amaze scientists and intrigue the general public. But the news hasn’t ye ...

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    Monday, 04 November 2013
  • STEM, STEAM, and PBL

    STEM education—the focus on science, technology, engineering, and math—is rapidly becoming a national priority. Having helped start several successful STEM schools, I like the trend. But as I read the ...

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    Monday, 04 November 2013
  • Teacher Effectiveness and Newtown, CT

    The debates go on about value-added ratings for teachers, teacher quality, teacher effectiveness, teacher tenure, teacher unions, and teacher this and that. Many powerful forces in society have taken ...

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    Monday, 04 November 2013
  • 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 ...

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    Monday, 04 November 2013
  • Sustaining PBL at Your School

    Recently a colleague asked me a question that made me pause and reflect. “How successful is PBL, really?” He’s an advocate for PBL, like I am, so the question wasn’t designed to nitpick or argue again ...

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    Monday, 04 November 2013
  • Ten Keys to High Performance Teams

    Not every student needs to prepare for a Google-like workplace. And, as popular as STEM is presently, most students don’t want to become software engineers or scientists. But every student, in any job ...

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    Monday, 04 November 2013
  • Inquiry-Based Learning vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

    As I spoke with a very capable, committed, and knowledgeable 10th grade Geometry teacher this week about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics, he laughed when I asked him about sever ...

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    Monday, 04 November 2013
  • Creating an Inquiry-Based Ecosystem in Your School

    A grave miscalculation exists in the minds of many educators: That inquiry-based learning, project based learning, and 21st century competencies can flourish in industrial model schools. Under this wo ...

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    Monday, 04 November 2013
  • The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning

    Teachers in a rural southeast Michigan high school were recently discussing the odd behavior of the senior class. It seems the 12th graders were acting more civilly toward the junior class in the hall ...

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    Monday, 04 November 2013
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  • Edutopia Suzie Boss shares exciting projects to teach students about Earth Day and how to care for the environment. With Earth Day 2014 coming up on April 22, many schools are making plans for one-day celebrations that promote a green message. For deeper learning --and longer-term benefits for people and planet alike -- why not use Earth Day as an opportunity to launch more ambitious projects? read more

  • Blogger Suzie Boss highlights how high school students from 26 U.S. states, 16 cities from across China, plus a smattering of other locations come together to tackle global issues. This is the second of a two-part series about the Global Student Leaders Summit in Shanghai that brought together several hundred students from the United States and China in March. Developed by EF Educational Tours, the event offers teens an immersive experience in cross-cultural collaboration. Read about the global education themes that emerged at the summit in in my earlier post. Today, some American students offer their reflections about how experiences like this help to prepare them for the challenges ahead. read more

  • Edutopia blogger Suzie Boss describes how high school students from the U.S. and China work together to design sustainable solutions for global challenges. More than 400 high school students from China and the United States gathered in the mega-city of Shanghai this month to tackle issues ranging from human rights to air quality to income inequality. Participating in the Global Student Leaders Summit developed by EF Educational Tours meant collaborating in real time with team members from different life experiences, language and cultural traditions, and world views. "We didn't come here for easy," said a student from Jackson, Mississippi.read more