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Project-Based Learning Picks Up Speed Internationally

Project-Based Learning Picks Up Speed Internationally

Every year, the annual PBL World conference attracts educators far and wide to Napa, California to partake in five days of intensive training in project-based learning. Participants hear the latest news from authors and thought leaders, and attend workshops with edtech companies aligned to that pedagogy. But “far and wide” might not be a strong enough phrase to describe this year’s attendees, who hailed from six continents.

Published by EdSurge about Buck Institute for Education’s PBL World international event in Napa, California.

Michelle Spencer

Michelle Spencer holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Management, as well as California administration and teaching credentials.

Benchmarks in Michelle Spencer’s twenty-year education career include:
* Principal of New Technology High School, the flagship school of the New Tech Network
* Founding member and principal of a Big Picture Learning charter school
* Coordinator for project-based learning and internships
* Director of Teaching & Learning supporting three high schools in Marin County, CA
* Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation Chair
* National Faculty with PBL Works by Buck Institute of Education

Michelle has a strong background in academic administration and systemic educational reform, having founded a 501c3 non-profit training center and led outreach for a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project studying how time is used in schools.

Michelle was Director of Summits & Professional Learning for EdSurge, and secured partnerships with regional clusters of school districts across the US and Canada to create customized Tech For Schools Summits. She facilitated 23 summits in 23 months, impacting over 6,000 senior level administrators and teachers, generating 1M annually.

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