Bob Lenz & Laureen Adams: PBLWorks, Project Based Learning, and Overcoming the COVID Slide – 321
Bob Lenz & Laureen Adams talk with me about PBLWorks, Project Based Learning, and Overcoming the COVID Slide. This is episode 321 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.
Bob became CEO of PBLWorks on June 1, 2015. Before taking the helm at PBLWorks, he was the co-founder of Envision Education and served as its CEO and Chief of Innovation until 2015. Under Bob’s leadership, Envision Education put into practice a highly successful redesign model that has opened a path to college and college retention for underserved urban students at Envision’s three Bay Area arts and technology high schools.
He is recognized nationally as a leader in high school redesign, Project Based Learning, 21st century skills education, and performance assessment. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has recognized Bob as a Senior Deeper Learning Fellow. He is the author of Transforming Schools: Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment and Common Core Standards, recently published by Jossey-Bass Wiley.
Bob was the first in his family to receive a four-year college degree, obtaining a BA from St. Mary’s College and an MA in education from San Francisco State University. When he is not spending time with his family in San Rafael, CA, he is stand-up paddling, riding his bike, and playing rugby.
Laureen is the Curriculum and Project Manager at PBLWorks.
Laureen began her teaching career as a New York City Teaching Fellow where she worked at a South Bronx middle school teaching 7-8 English and Social Studies. By her third year teaching, she became a founding teacher in a small school when the middle school building split. It was there that she learned about Project Based Learning and began working with the leadership team to develop PBL curriculum for the English department. After several years in New York, she moved to Oakland, CA and started working as a high school English teacher with Envision Schools. Laureen taught English (9-12) and served as a Lead Teacher.
Laureen received B.A.s in African/African American Studies and English from UC Davis. She earned a M.S. in English Education from Lehman College (CUNY). She also earned a Master of Arts in Education and a Ph.D in Education with an emphasis on Teaching, Learning, and Culture and an Africana Studies Certificate from Claremont Graduate University.
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Length – 40:13