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Keynote Speaker

Brandon Wiley

Chief Program Officer
Buck Institute for Education
Brandon is the Chief Program Officer at the Buck Institute for Education where he is responsible for the comprehensive strategic and operational aspects of all program areas. With experience as a classroom teacher, staff developer, district administrator and international education consultant, Brandon offers practical experience leading local, state and national initiatives focusing on school and district reform and the implementation of innovative programs.
His previous work includes developing of a national network of design-driven public and charter schools, providing strategic support to districts and school leadership around global competence, mastery-based learning, school development and the implementation of project based learning. Additionally he lead a New York City-based organization focused on helping urban school districts develop mastery-based high schools that personalized learning for every student. Brandon is a frequent presenter on PBL and is passionate about addressing equity issues through this framework.

PBL Faculty Bios


Myla Lee: myla@bie.org
Myla Lee serves as a national consultant for literacy and project-based learning. She has presented her work at Michigan Reading Association, International Reading Association, and ISTE conferences, focusing on various topics first field-tested in her classroom. Much of her work explores inquiry in an authentic classroom culture, steeped in literacy and technology integration.In addition, Myla served as the Project-Based Learning Specialist with Technology Integration and is currently an Instructional Coach for the Novi Community School District in Michigan. With 25 years of classroom experience and nearly 30 years in education, she works with administrators, teachers, and students to implement integrated PBL units grounded in technology and current best practice. As a teacher/researcher, and in collaboration with university educators, Myla has researched, presented, and co-published on multi-cultural reading, education, and book club practices. Through the ISTE-affiliate organization Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), Myla also supported middle school teachers across the state in designing rigorous STEM project-based learning units. Myla strongly believes that PBL is not only a platform for relevant and innovative learning. It is also a mindset that helps create a culture of thinking and creativity. 
Eric White: eric@bie.org
Eric currently provides professional development and coaching for school districts on a full-time basis. He previously served as a PBL Instructional Coach and Lead Teacher of Project Based Learning at the secondary level. Eric has deep experience with PBL in alternative settings and career academies. He has been instrumental in the establishment of multiple school-within-a-school PBL programs. Eric has presented at many state and national conferences on PBL. In 2013, he co-authored “Design Thinking and the Shift From Refrigerator Projects” for UnBoxed: A Journal of Adult Learning in Schools. Eric blogs on PBL topics regularly and was also featured for his work with project-based learning in Edutopia’s Schools That Work series in 2011. Eric earned his B.S. and M.Ed. in Secondary Social Sciences from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is Highly Qualified in the area of Broad Field Social Studies and Physical Education.

Rich Lehrer: rlehrer@bie.org
A veteran middle school STEM teacher, Rich taught in public schools in British Columbia and American international schools in Venezuela and Brazil before moving to the U.S. eleven years ago. Rich is currently the Director of Innovation at Brookwood School in Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts, where he led a two year school-wide PBL faculty professional development initiative. A firm believer in the transformative power of PBL and authentic global and making experiences, Rich was also formerly the Educational Exchange Coordinator for “e-NABLE,” a community of designers, makers, engineers, educators, families, and students dedicated to the creation and global dissemination of affordable 3D printed mechanical hands for children in need. Additionally, Rich was recently named the PBS Digital Innovator for Massachusetts, is an “Ultimaker Pioneer,” and has recently been working with MIT’s D-Lab to adapt their humanitarian engineering philosophy to a Middle School audience. An increasingly sought after speaker, presenter, and facilitator, Rich brings both a unique problem solving perspective and a wealth of practical PBL strategies to his BIE workshop facilitations.

Feroze Munshi: feroze@bie.org
Feroze started teaching Math in his neighborhood comprehensive public high school in Miami, FL after receiving his BS in Mechanical Engineering. Facing classrooms full of students who were discouraged or disenfranchised by their school experiences, he began to develop projects and inquiry-driven lessons to reach and motivate his students. After moving to California, Feroze became a founding staff member of two different charter schools heavily integrating PBL, performance assessments, and college readiness portfolios. In these schools he taught an integrated Math & Physics course, and Digital Media Arts to mainstream (detracked) classes in both suburban and urban environments. Outside the classroom, Feroze developed project-based arts curriculum for his network of schools and served in all manner of leadership roles including subject-area lead, advisory program leader, ed-tech facilitator, mentor to beginning teachers and running PBL professional development. In addition to consulting, Feroze is currently completing his doctorate at UC Berkeley in the school of Education.


Andre Daughty: andre@bie.org
Andre brings 18 years of experience as a practitioner and consultant in the field of education, with particular expertise in elementary education, educational technology, and motivating learners - teachers, administrators, and students, alike. He began his career teaching third grade in Oklahoma City public schools, and also taught at the elementary level with KIPP Reach, OKC. He earned his Master's degree in administration and worked as an instructional facilitator and technology instructional coach for 8 years. Andre also brings experience in higher education, having served as a college professor in Oklahoma. In his current work as a PBL consultant and motivational speaker, Andre inspires educators and helps them develop strategies to teach all students. He enjoys sharing his passion for PBL as a vehicle for student success. 


Kiffany Lychock: klychock@bie.org
Kiffany has been an educator for the past eighteen years in various roles and capacities. Ten of those years include classroom experience as a secondary Spanish teacher where she was passionate about engaging students in PBL. She is an AP and IB trained teacher in Spanish and ITGS (an IB course - Information Technology in a Global Society). For the last nine years, Kiffany has been an instructional coach. Her passion for Project Based Learning and Educational Technology has provided her with opportunities to work at the district level with the IT, Curriculum, and Professional Development departments. As part of her work in PD, Kiffany is a STEP Resident Associate for Emergenetics and is trained in both Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools. Her most recent adventure as the Director of Educational Innovations engages her in working collaboratively with schools to lead the transformation of the physical environments and influence the instructional practices of schools to support the teaching and learning of 21st century skill outcomes.

Monday August 20

7:00am - 8:00am Registration & Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am Keynote Speaker - Brandon Wiley
9:00am - 12:00pm Course Sessions (15 minute break within)
12:00pm - 12:45 Lunch
12:45pm - 3:45pm Course Sessions (15 minute break within)
3:45pm Reception
Tuesday August 21

8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am -12:00pm Course Sessions (15 minute break within)
12:00pm - 12:45 Lunch
12:45pm - 3:45pm Course Sessions (15 minute break within)
3:45pm Reception
Wednesday August 22

7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am Institute Wrap Up & Project Sharing
9:00am -12:00pm Course Sessions (15 minute break within)
12:00pm - 12:45 Lunch
12:45pm - 3:45pm Course Sessions (15 minute break within)

Located in Hamilton, ON, Hillfield Strathallan College is a Canadian independent, co-educational day school.
The academic program runs from Montessori Toddler and Pre-K to Grade 12.

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