Better Leaders Better Schools guest John
Mergnedoller works on special projects for the Buck Institute
for Education as the first recipient of the annual Mergendoller
Fellowship. He was Executive Director of BIE from 2000 to 2015,
guiding its growth and building its reputation for high-quality
work. He joined BIE in 1989 as Research Director, and was
responsible for conducting research on the impact of BIE’s Project
Based Economics Units on student learning.
Before joining BIE, he was a Senior Program Director at the
Far West Laboratory (now WestEd), a federally-funded regional
educational laboratory. At Far West, he also established and
managed the At-Risk Student Program and the Secondary School
His publications span educational technology, science
education, middle grades reform, and Project Based Learning.
John holds an MA and a PhD in Psychology and Education from
the University of Michigan, an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School
of Education, and a BA in Letters from Wesleyan University in
Middletown, CT. He was awarded a Fullbright Fellowship to study
cognitive development at the University of Geneva.
In this episode you will learn:
- How to establish priorities in your class / school
- Critical question =
What would embarrass me if
students didn’t know it by the end of the year?
- How to build a culture of Project Based Learning
- Classroom management is key
- What gets in the way of student success?
- How is time used in school?
- Does the system support your goals?
- Start small
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