Jill Ackers, ALEP
Senior Learning Designer
Jill Ackers has taught and consulted with schools and organizations worldwide to transform various learning ecosystems for the 21st century. As an educator with 20+ years of experience, she brings her passion for constructivist learning, languages, and technology to educators through authentic, relevant learning and professional development. She has consulted for organizations such as the PBL Works (Buck Institute for Education) serving as National Faculty for Eight years, P21, World Leadership School, and Teach Thought. She is the author of Developing Natural Curiosity through Project-Based Learning and Leverage Technology to Enhance PBL. Jill’s work with community-based learning was highlighted in Forbes.com: Preparing The Workforce For The Next Generation.
Her teaching career started as an experiential math teacher in the Rocky Mountains. For eight years she worked with her community and the outdoors to bring math to life in middle school. Jill’s passion for learning led her to explore how technology could transform the tools students use to demonstrate what they know and can do with content. She believes physical space and technology should mirror the types of innovative thinking we foster in our learners. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership, is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, A+ Certification Engineer, and Cisco Certified Network Administrator.
Jill has launched new schools, been a school leader in both private and public institutions, and taught in PreK-12 programs. She started and led for six years, the first Dual Language Project-Based Learning School in Dallas, Texas. She has redesigned university professional development programs across the country including Sam Houston State, North Central University, and was a founding designer for Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) first urban transformational leadership masters program and trained principals in school turn around. She helped design SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering Teacher project-based learning training institutes. She actively writes university-level courses and trains university professors in experiential education and digital workforce advancement. She is currently working in Rhode Island to transform Cranston Public Schools, in New York to develop an Alternative PBL Leadership High school and runs PBL Learning Community Pathfinders across the country and internationally for Fielding International.