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John Derian National Faculty

John teaches 12th-grade environmental science at The Brooklyn International High School, where, over the past nine years, he has designed interdisciplinary PBL curricula that help the diverse English language learners in his class develop their academic, language, and success skills in addition to their content knowledge. John’s PBL curriculum design employs BIE’s Gold Standard PBL model to help ensure that students engage with deeper, more meaningful, and more connected learning experiences.

While at BIHS, John helped found the school’s restorative justice program and the BIHS FabLab. Many of the PBL units that John designs, incorporates a design thinking model and the use of tools, materials, and technology often found in a makerspace.

In addition to his work in the classroom, John brings his passion for Project Based Learning and curriculum design outside his classroom by collaborating extensively with other educators. He has designed and facilitated workshops, guest lectured, and mentored teachers through partnerships with The International Public High School Network, The New York Performance Standards Consortium, Math for America, Mastery Collaborative, Digital Ready, the Blended Learning Institute, Long Island University, and Teachers College Columbia University.

Since, 2014, John has been a Master Teacher Fellow with Math for America where he participates in a professional community of science and math educators in NYC focused on strengthening public school STEM education. John was awarded the Excellence in School Technology Award by the New York City Department of Education for his use of audio and video recording in PBL curriculum to support ELL students. Most recently, John’s project on Star Wars Alien Adaptation and DNA was featured in an article in NSTA Reports titled: Science and the Star Wars Universe.

John received a B.S. in Marine Biology and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Secondary Science Education at University of North Carolina Wilmington.