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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

  • Ten Reasons Why Common Core Standards Require a Whole Teacher

    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. ...

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    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • The Future of the Whole Child

    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.            ...

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    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • The Heart of the Whole Child

    I believe that understanding and educating the whole child is the most important task of the 21st century. Once a majority, or even an influential minority, of ‘whole’ human beings becomes prominent a ...

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    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • Ten Terms That Keep Us In a Box

    Albert Einstein nailed it: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That truth will decide whether we develop a 21st-century friendly educational system or c ...

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    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • The End of Standards: Are We Passing through ther 'Event Horizon?'

    It’s a cliché to say that change comes too rapidly now for us to keep up, but clichés exist for one good reason: They’re true. In the case of education—an industry that claims to focus on the future b ...

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    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • Ten Ways to Teach Innovation

    One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic ...

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    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • Reframing Resiliency: Let's Make It an Outcome

    The whole child movement, in my view, is weighed down by society’s current inability to conceive of children as whole beings. Instead, we dissect them. Academic learning is distinguished from social-e ...

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    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • Ten Steps to Establishing a 'PBL-friendly' Culture

    To experts in the field of human performance, there is no mystery as to why PBL succeeds—or doesn’t. Three decades of research has established the factors that maximize individual effort and the desir ...

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    Wednesday, 03 December 2014
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