JENNIFER D. KLEIN
A product of experiential project-based education herself, Jennifer D. Klein taught college and high school English and Spanish for nineteen years, including five years in Central America and eleven years in all-girls education. In 2010, Jennifer left teaching to begin PRINCIPLED Learning Strategies, which provides professional development to support authentic student-driven global learning experiences in schools. She has a broad background in global educational program planning and evaluation, student-driven curricular strategies, single-sex education, student service travel, cultural inclusivity, and experiential, inquiry-driven learning.
From 2010–2017, Jennifer worked as a consultant and teacher coach for a variety of educational organizations, including World Leadership School (Colorado), TakingITGlobal (Toronto), the Centre for Global Education (Edmonton), the Buck Institute for Education (California), the Institute of International Education (Washington DC), and the International Studies School Network of the Center for Global Education at Asia Society (New York). In 2017, Jennifer was hired as head of school at Gimnasio Los Caobos, a preK–12 project-based school outside of Bogotá, Colombia. As a school leader, writer, speaker, and bilingual workshop facilitator, Jennifer strives to inspire educators and shift their practices in schools worldwide.
Jennifer’s articles have been published in Independent School, The NSSSA Leader, and The Educational Forum. She has blogged for a variety of forums, including EdWeek, World Leadership School, and her own Shared World blog. She has facilitated workshops in English and Spanish in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Palestine, Sierra Leone, and the United States. Jennifer holds a bachelor of arts from Bard College and a master of arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, both in literature and creative writing.
Jill Ackers has over 20 years experience in teaching, coaching, and administration in public and private K-12 schools and in higher education. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into technology. While earning her CCNA & MCSE certifications, she managed the school’s networks and taught K-8 technology in Denver, Colorado. After relocating to Dallas, Texas, she was a founding member of a K-12 International Baccalaureate STEM school. As the IB Coordinator, her role was to strategically plan the school culture, conduct teacher evaluations, and design the professional development; leading to the school’s official IB World School authorization. She later transitioned to higher education and was a part of the design team for Southern Methodist University’s first urban principal Master’s Degree program, a program to transform urban public schools & leaders. Upon completion of the program’s design, Jill pioneered the city’s first dual-language PBL elementary school and served as the Elementary Director.
Jill travels extensively, both nationally and internationally, facilitating workshops for professors, school leaders, and teachers. She has a B.S. in Applied Learning and Development and Elementary Education, M.Ed. in School Leadership and Administration. She is currently working on her Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Sam Houston State University. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and 3 dogs. Her passions include being outdoors, rescuing and fostering German Shepherds, and staying active.
Jill’s first book, Developing Natural Curiosity through Project-Based Learning: Five Strategies for the PreK-3 Classroom, was released in winter 2017.