Getting Kids Excited About School ~ with Thom Markham, Ph.D.

10 May, 2014

Thom Markham is on a mission. His goal is to change the world by changing education. With curiosity and creativity at its core his field-tested model of Project Based Learning is changing the landscape of education. His work is rooted in three themes he believes are 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.

He is calling for a systematic redesign of our schools and learning environments by integrating projects based learning 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.

Join me for this stimulating conversation with a passionate educator about the range of possibilities he envisions in the world of education.

Thom Markham, Ph.D., is a psychologist, educator, and writer. He served as a Director with Active Learning, Inc., taught at an award-winning high school, co-founded the Marin School of Arts and Technology, the flagship school for Envision Schools, and led the strategic initiative at the Buck Institute for Education to establish global training programs in project based learning, where he also co-authored BIE’s Project Based Learning Handbook, now in its third printing with over 40,000 copies sold in over 50 countries. He has conducted workshops for over 3500 teachers in the U.S. and abroad. He presents on PBL methods, as well as creativity, inquiry, and school transformation. Thom holds a Ph.D. in Psychology, as well as an undergraduate degree in Zoology and a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from UCLA. He also holds a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Thom’s most recent book, Project Based Learning Design and Coaching Guide: Expert tools for innovation and inquiry for K – 12 teachers, can be purchased in print version or as an eBook from Amazon.