From Thom Markham…
Hello, and welcome to PBL Global! I identify myself as a psychologist, thought manifestor, strategic investigator, author, keynote speaker, and–based on twenty-five years in the field–as a PBL Grandmaster. Now on a life mission: To help educators mobilize youth globally to become social entrepreneurs, design thinkers and empathetic collaborators focused on the common good. I use a unique, strengths-based approach to PBL developed over 15 years that takes ‘high quality’ to the next level by incorporating caring relationships, best practices for inquiry, core knowledge, 21st century skills, design thinking, social-emotional strengths, and authentic investigation driven by student agency.
Credentials do matter when it comes to PBL expertise, so let me share a bit of my background. I’ve authored two best-selling books on project-based learning, the Buck Institute for Education’s Handbook on Project Based Learning and the Project Based Learning Design and Coaching Guide: Expert tools for Innovation and Inquiry for K – 12 Educators. I’m also very proud of a third book, Redefining Smart: Awakening Students’ Power to Reimagine Their World, which examines the attitudes and beliefs that need to change for inquiry-based education to succeed. In addition, I’ve worked directly with 350+ schools and over 6000 educators worldwide on PBL.
Through the PBL Global Library of personalized online social learning courses, virtual coaching, workshops, and speaking, I’m extremely pleased to share this knowledge and expertise with educators in every country. I urge you to step into the future, help scale inquiry-based teaching in your school, district, and around the world, and work with students to shape a positive future!