Global Thought Partners

Meet the Leaders Who Are Transforming Schools and Learning Across the World.

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Thom Markham

Considered one of the pioneers in project based learning, Thom is an educator by trade, a positive psychologist by training, and a global entrepreneur dedicated to expanding educator mindsets in service to a positive future. His mission is to mobilize youth globally to become design thinkers, insightful citizens, healthy individuals, and empathetic collaborators focused on the common good and sustainable development goals. Contact: Thom@pblglobal.com

Kelly Pfeiffer

A dedicated educator, author, blogger and presenter, Kelly is the point person for PBL Global in Australia and an innovator in distance education PBL. She co-created the widely-adopted Dark Sky PBL unit, which was nominated for the Dark Sky Defender award through the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). In 2019, she was awarded the Australian Association of Distance Education Schools (AADES) for Teaching Excellence and her Dubbo School of Distance Learning Futures Team received the New South Wales Department of Education Technology 4 Learning (T4L) award for Leader in Developing Digital Collaborative Communities. Contact: kelmade5@gmail.com

Peng Hong Ling

Peng Hong ling founded the Project Learning (PBL) Research Institute in Beijing, China, in 2014 and leads the exploration of learning and teaching through project based learning throughout China. The PBL Research Institute offers PBL teacher development in in primary and secondary schools and universities to provide guidance and training services for Chinese teachers in PBL teaching. In cooperation with PBL Global, the Institute also has launched a platform for online and offline public service courses and exchanges between schools and teachers, as well as distributing high-quality PBL books and actively promoting the localization of PBL books and materials for Chinese teachers. As part of the PBL Global team, the Institute regularly schedules PBL workshops throughout China with Thom Markham. Contact: annebj2015@163.com

The Maker Team

The iLEAD Maker Team supports PBL development in nine iLEAD schools with over 1600 students throughout California, Ohio, Colorado, and Hawaii. The team also offers deep expertise to PBL Global in PBL, social emotional learning, play based learning and supports PBL Global workshops globally in English and Spanish. Contact: angie.nastovska@ileadschools.org

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. Contact: xpascuse@gmail.com 

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

Peter Hutton

Peter’s strength is in transformational insight and HOW to implement significant pedagogical, organisational and cultural change in schools. Peter’s expertise extends to change management, student entrepreneurship, individualised learning, alternative tertiary pathways and supporting dyslexic students. Peter has extensive leadership experience in both the state and independent school systems where he has led significant successful innovation in both sectors. As a person with dyslexia, Peter sees the world differently, and has spent his life challenging assumptions and conventions. Contact: peter.hutton@futureschools.education

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

David Runge

Dave partners with schools to co-design their evolving futures. With extensive knowledge of foresight, culture and innovation Dave generates transformation with schools using progressive insight methods that encourage collaboration and engagement within the school community.Dave’s educational leadership experience provides him with a wealth of contemporary knowledge and unique insight into the possibilities of truly transformational schools. He has implemented change and delivered innovation in diverse educational settings, whilst working alongside global thought leaders. Dave contributes regularly to the educational debate and is a strong advocate for future focused education. Contact: david.runge@futureschools.education

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

Dawn Evenson

Dawn has over 29 years of experience in education and has substantial experience and expertise in K-8 curriculum, instruction, assessment, school leadership and governance. She has been a teacher and school administrator in both primary and secondary schools. Dawn has held several positions in the Association of California School Administrators, including serving as the Region XV president. She was awarded the 2006 Middle School Principal of the Year Award by ACSA Region XV. Contact: dawn.evenson@ileadschools.org

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

Kyle Wagner

Kyle Wagner, MEd. Teacher Leadership is an author, speaker, consultant and trainer with over 14 years of experience in helping forward- thinking schools use PBL to create socially, emotionally, and globally aware learners. His organization, Transform Educational Consulting Limited has now worked with over 200 educators spread across more than 15 international and local schools in Asia. Kyle is the author of numerous articles and a best selling book, The Power of Simple, which provides educators with simple strategies to transform teaching and learning at their schools through PBL. Contact: kyle_b4e@icloud.com

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

Dayna Laur

Dayna Laur’s arc of professional learning began in 1998. Dayna’s doctoral level research in instructional systems design and technology has focused on connecting learners to technical experts as they leverage their value-added feedback in work-based learning environments. Specifically, she is interested in the ways in which these connections can occur virtually to overcome the logistical challenges many rural schools experience. Her experience includes Special Ed., Advanced Placement, Department Chair, Career Academy Coordinator, and designing online coursework for adult learners. Her diverse facilitation and coaching expertise have allowed her to interact, globally, with pre-K to post-secondary professionals since 2008. At Project ARC, Dayna strives to empower educators and their learners by implementing authentic learning experiences, a topic she pioneered in her 2013 book, Authentic Learning Experiences: A Real-World Approach to PBL. Contact: dayna@proj-arc.com

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

Robert Kuhl

Robert builds culture and relationships so that schools inspire and empower EVERY student. With more than twenty-five years’ experience as a teacher, school leader, and educational consultant in various school settings, from large, traditional comprehensive schools, to international schools, to small public charter schools, he works to bring passion, inspiration and the tools needed to empower educators to best serve students. Relationships are the key. Contact: kuhllearning@gmail.com

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

Tim Kubik

Dr. Tim Kubik’s arc of professional learning spans 23 years of teaching in primary through post-graduate learning environments. After graduating from Yale and Johns Hopkins University he served as a Team Leader of three different interdisciplinary grade level teams, Department Chair, and Associate Head of Upper School. Over the past ten years, he has facilitated workshops for over 5,000 educators from around the world. At Project ARC, Tim brings a spirit of passionate and innovative collaboration to the complex challenges work-based learning organizations face, while striving to offer the same for individual teacher professional development on a personal level. He shares engaging examples of this work in his book: Unprepared for What We Learned: Six Action Research Exercises that Challenge the Ends We Imagine for Education. Contact: tim@proj-arc.com

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

Loni Bergqvist

Loni Bergqvist is a passionate advocate for project-based learning and supporting schools with making lasting change. After starting her career as a teacher in traditional public schools, Loni discovered High Tech High in San Diego, California, joined the staff, and made it her mission to understand more about PBL, leadership and the elements of school culture that nurture student-driven learning. Imagine If is a Denmark-based consultancy, supporting schools, districts and leaders to re-imagine education for the future. Contact: loni@imagineif.dk

Xavi Pascual

Xavi Pascual is a teacher, consultant, entrepreneur and a renowned specialist in Challenge Based Learning. Through the BeChallenge learning platform, his goal is to help develop more solvers and thinkers to improve the quality of life and to save our planet. His core belief: Learning must be an adventurous experience and we can help our students to live learning as the best thing to go forward in their personal and professional life. 

Nick Martino

Nicholas J. Martino is an impact-driven educational consultant and curriculum architect who has taught anthropology, led global learning expeditions, and works through the Authentic Learning Lab to leverage technology to facilitate high-quality real-world learning aimed at solving global issues. Nick designed the Changemaker Curriculum at THINK Global School and BIT School in Mexico City. His focus is to help create thriving learning communities by developing intrinsically inspired, holistic learners. Contact: nicholasjmartino@gmail.com