Northwest Independent School District, Fort Worth, TX
From 2009 through 2012, Thom worked with a team of teachers and administrators who opened the highly-successful Northwest ISD STEM Academy. Thom is continuing to assist NISD in building project based learning, professional learning community principles, and an effective 21st century skills curriculum into all the District's elementary, middle schools, and high schools.
Gustine Unified School District
Gustine Unified School District, in California’s Central Valley, is embarked on three-year initiative to train all staff in PBL and establish a 21st-century skills environment. Thom continues to work throughout the District to train staff, help develop project ideas, and support teachers in project development and exhibitions at the District's high school and middle school.
Milan High School
Milan High School, south of Ann Arbor, MI, has redesigned its senior year around PBL and created the Milan High Schol Center of Innovative Studies, a new technology-rich learning center for seniors. Over a two-year period, Thom trained staff and administrators in PBL, helped design assessments, and supported the creation of a high performance, project based learning environment.
PBL in the elementary grades is increasingly popular. Thom has assisted elementary and middle schools in California, Massachusetts, and Florida in creating a PBL culture, grade level project planning, and PBL elementary assessments.
Over the past five years, Thom has conducted PBL and school redesign workshops in Canada, the U.K., Malaysia, and the Middle East. Under a provincial grant to revitalize central Alberta, Olds High School planned and built a Community Learning Center. Over a three year period, Thom helped the Olds High School team shape a PBL environment that takes full advantage of projects that involve the community and help students learn the skills and habits of mind to help them succeed in their home province. In New Brunswick, Canada, Thom delivered a series of workshops that helped establish the provincial 21st Century Skills Initiative. In the Kingdom of Jordan, Thom trained 30 teachers in PBL and 21st century skills instruction. In 2007 - 2008, Thom assisted North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury, U.K., and Ninestiles Technology College in Birmingham, U.K., in PBL. He delivered the keynote address at the International Forum on Self-Directed Learning in April, 2013, at North-West University, South Africa. He is also part of a team at Curriki deivering online educational resources for PBL to teachers in the U.S. and abroad.
National Academy Foundation Career Academies
Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX
Over a period of three years, Thom trained teams of high school teachers from twelve Career Academies sponsored by the Dallas Independent School District and the National Academy Foundation. These three day workshops were deigned to teach project based learning methodology, team building, school redesign, and collaborative culture methods. In 2012, Thom offered addtional workshops for the High School Redesign Initiative in Dallas ISD.