Bob Pearlman has been a key leader in the design, development, and implementation of 21st Century Secondary Schools. He is currently a strategy consultant for 21st Century school development. Bob served from 2002-2009 as the Director of Strategic Planning for the New Technology Foundation in Napa, CA, a school development organization. In this role he worked with communities in 9 states to launch 50 new 21st Century Secondary Schools based on the New Technology 21st Century High School model. Bob consults and speaks widely in the US and the UK on 21st Century Learning.
As the former National Consultant on Educational Technology for the American Federation of Teachers and as a founder of the Co-NECT School New American School Design Team, Bob has been a pioneer in designing new schools, integrating project-based learning, work-based learning, and technology into the schools, and in training teachers, administrators, and parents in the application of new technologies and their role in restructuring schools.
Bob is the author of many articles on 21st Century Learning, incGary Stager, Ph.D.luding “Making 21st Century Schools” (Educational Technology, September-October 2009), “New Skills For A New Century” (Edutopia, June 2006), “21st Century Learning in Schools – A Case Study of New Technology High School in Napa, CA“, (New Directions for Youth Development, Summer 2006: The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning), and “Reconsidering the Design of Schools through the Lens of Project-Based Learning” – Interview, DesignShare and Education Facility Planning News, March, 2007. A new chapter, “New Learning Environments for 21st Century Learners”, will be published Spring 2010 by Solution Tree Press in a new book on 21st Century Learning.
Bob has had a unique career as a teacher, Co-Director of Computer Education, teacher union leader and negotiator, Foundation President, Director of Education and Workforce Development, and Director of Strategic Planning for the nation’s largest network of innovative 21st Century Schools. Bob’s experience and expertise includes New School Development, Whole District Reform, Business-Education Partnerships and coalitions, School-to-Career and Workforce Development, Union—School District Negotiations, School Restructuring and Technology, Project-Based Learning, Professional Development, Educational Finance, and School-site Assessment and Accountability.
Bob is the former President of the Autodesk Foundation (1996-2000), the organization that revitalized Project-Based Learning in the 1990s, the former Director of Education and Workforce Development at Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and the Coordinator of Educational Reform Initiatives for the Boston Teachers Union.