by John Larmer
Editor in Chief
Since around 2008, what many educators have experienced as the “public face” of the Buck Institute for Education is our National Faculty (NF). Most of our professional development services for teachers and leaders are facilitated by the NF, including our PBL 101 workshop and follow-up sustained support visits to schools and districts. They do this work, the bulk of it during the summer, at schools and districts across the U.S. and occasionally other countries, and at events like our PBL Institutes and PBL World.
The National Faculty is a stellar group, as I’ve said before, composed of experienced K-12 teachers, school leaders, instructional coaches, and independent consultants. They’re excellent presenters, and collaborative learners. They’re expert in and passionate about PBL, of course, and want all students to experience it, including those furthest from educational opportunity. Oh, and they’re smart, charming, good-looking, and fun. OK now maybe I’m going over the top, but when I hear about their glowing post-workshop evaluations and see comments about them on Twitter, or join them at our twice-a-year Summit gatherings, it’s hard not to be impressed.
As interest in PBL has grown in recent years, so has our NF, who now number over 80. They come from all over the country, from diverse settings. They each have some particular areas of expertise, too, whether it’s technology, early elementary education, English Language Learning, SPED, leadership, or an academic subject area. The NF are independent consultants who are paid competitively and willing to travel. They also form a professional learning community that, in collaboration with each other and Buck staff, innovate, develop, and share PBL practices and knowledge.
Now we’re looking for more.
To meet the growing demand for support for Project Based Learning, we’re expanding our National Faculty in 2019. So if you or someone you know might be interested, check out this “Join Our Team” information for all the details. Applications are due by Dec. 12, 2018. One thing you need to include is a video of you presenting professional development to teachers or leaders, so be ready to hit “record” next time you’re in front of a group.
And in case I scared you off with my rhapsodizing about how great the NF are, we do help build their facilitation skills and PBL expertise with training and apprenticeship—so if you’re not sure if you meet every description, apply anyway, as long as you’re passionate about PBL for all students!