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National Faculty Consultant


The Buck Institute for Education (BIE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California, is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL). BIE creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders across the country. At BIE, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. We seek to build a multi-talented team of consultants who, along with our staff, deeply understand and embrace the diversity of the students of today, and have awareness of the challenges in the world these students will inherit.

To ensure we can meet the needs of schools across the United States, BIE utilizes a highly skilled team of professionals, known as the National Faculty, to deliver our services to teachers and leaders. The National Faculty is comprised of seasoned teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, authors and educational consultants who conduct professional development activities on behalf of BIE. Each National Faculty member has his or her own areas of expertise as well as a comprehensive understanding of the BIE Project Based Learning (PBL) model.

BIE seeks exceptionally qualified educators to join the National Faculty team. Prospective members require a unique set of skills and experiences to be effective in professional development work. Central to this skill set is a core philosophy of education grounded in student-centered, 21st century teaching and learning with a commitment to educational equity. We are actively seeking practitioners of color and/or practitioners with expertise in culturally responsive teaching. In addition to leading PBL professional development activities in the U.S. and abroad, the National Faculty also functions as a professional learning community, where members innovate, develop, and share PBL practices and knowledge.

National Faculty members are independent consultants contracted for a variety of services in addition to the delivery of professional development. As consultants, National Faculty are engaged for one-time, short-term, or fixed-term assignments.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Speak with accuracy, depth, and conviction about the key aspects of BIE’s model of Project Based Learning.
  • Conduct onsite and online workshops, trainings, and consultation services that meet BIE’s high standard for professional development.
  • Assist BIE clients in follow-up support visits in the development and implementation of Project Based Learning units as defined by BIE’s Gold Standard PBL Design Elements and Teaching Practices.
  • Build capacity to facilitate toward equitable access and outcomes.
  • Actively contribute to BIE’s National Faculty professional learning community by developing and sharing best professional development practices.
  • Provide mentoring support and training to site or district-based instructional coaches and new National Faculty candidates.
  • Interact collaboratively with the National Faculty Manager and BIE staff to ensure that needs of BIE clients are met.
  • Maintain accurate time, expense and activity records.


  • Deep teaching, coaching and/or leadership experience in a PBL environment.
  • Prior experience as coach, trainer, or consultant for professional learning is desirable
  • Experience designing and facilitating professional development activities with strong ability to engage and effectively respond to diverse participant needs
  • Highly skilled in instructional practices and developed or demonstrated teaching innovations
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational equity
  • Ability to travel
  • Desire and ability to model BIE’s values of 21st century teaching and learning at all times

Please note official acceptance into the BIE National Faculty is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the National Faculty Development Program (NFDP). Our NFDP process is a comprehensive training to develop our PBL facilitators and coaches. We require candidates to commit to the following in their first year as part of the National Faculty Development Program:

  • Up to 10 hours of reading, video observations, and deliverables
  • 1-day orientation Bootcamp in March, 2019, in Napa, California
  • 3-day National Faculty Summit in March, 2019, in Napa, California
  • One 3-day observation in Spring/Summer 2019
  • Two 3-day co-facilitations in Spring, 2019
  • Minimum of two 3-day workshops in June through August, 2019

How to Apply:
1. Have your current resume on hand.
2. Fill out the application questions and paste in your resume via this link: 2019 NF Application.
3. Note that your application must include a video clip of you facilitating professional development with teachers or leaders. See further specifications in the application.
4. Applications are due by 8:00am PST on December 12, 2018.


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