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Jill Ackers National Faculty

Jill is an author and educational consultant who is passionate about using authentic learning experiences to promote critical thinking. She began her teaching with middle school pre-algebra and algebra in an outdoor education school in Colorado. Eight years later, Jill moved into technology, earning her CCNA & MCSE certifications. While teaching, she managed the school’s networks, taught K-8 technology, and served on the school board. She then moved into urban education, and she worked in KIPP schools serving as their Technology Director and middle school tech teacher. She led their professional development workshops and managed two KIPP schools’ technology networks. Jill then became a founding member of a K-12 International Baccalaureate Urban STEM school. As the IB Coordinator, her role was to develop the school's culture, conduct teacher evaluations, and design the professional development, leading to the school’s official IB World School authorization. From there, she transitioned into higher education to help create and teach at Southern Methodist University’s first urban principal Master’s Degree program. Her program focused on developing school leaders and using PBL to transform urban public schools. For the last six years, she has dedicated her time and energy to launching and serving as the director of a PreK- 5th Grade Spanish Immersion PBL school. Over the last 20 years, Jill has devoted her life to creating opportunities for kids to learn-by-doing. Currently, she is working on her doctorate, consulting, and supporting educator development through PBL.