George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mark Wilding

Mark Wilding is the Co-Executive Director of PassageWorks Institute, and the co-author of "The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching." PassageWorks provides educators and school leaders a practical, relationship-centered approach to transforming the culture of classrooms, schools and districts. For over two decades, PassageWorks' practices, principles, and tools have been used to foster student engagement, resilience, social and emotional intelligence, and academic success. Mark is the former Director of the Marpa Center for Business and Economics at Naropa University. He helped launch a graduate degree program at Naropa in 1995 and continues to teach graduate courses in authentic leadership and systems thinking. Mark has held leadership roles in government, business, non-profit, and academic organizations. Mark helped found a public computer software company in 1985 and served on the board and in several roles until he left as President in 1993. He has a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in Environmental Leadership.

Areas of Interest: 
social and emotional learning,
contemplative education,
character education,
service learning,
21st century skills,
transformational learning,

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