I am Chief Program Officer for the non-profit school improvement network Expeditionary Learning, a national network of over 160 public project-based schools in 30 states. We help to found public high schools in low-income communities – district and charter - that send all graduates to college, and help to transform existing public schools K-12 toward high student achievement, character and citizenship. Our work is centered on professional development and resources to raise teacher capacity.
I was a public school teacher and carpenter in rural Massachusetts for 25 years. My writing and speaking center on inspiring quality and character in students, specifically through project-based learning, original scientific and historical research, service learning, and the infusion of arts. I work closely with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where I did my graduate work and now teach a course that links student projects to the Common Core State Standards. I authored two books, An Ethic of Excellence and A Culture of Quality.