Jill Ackers has taught and consulted with schools and organizations worldwide to transform various learning ecosystems for the 21st century. As an educator with 20+ years experience, she brings her passion for constructivist learning, languages, and technology to educators through authentic, relevant learning and professional development.
Jill is a founding partner in Project ARC and organization that partners businesses and technology sector experts with students to solve challenges. She consults for organizations such as the Buck Institute for Education, P21, and Teach Thought. She is the co-author of Developing Natural Curiosity through Project Based learning and Leverage Technology to Enhance PBL. Jill’s most recent work with community-based learning Preparing The Workforce For The Next Generation was highlighted in Forbes.com.
Her teaching career started as an experiential math teacher in the Rocky Mountains. For eight years she worked with her community and the outdoors to bring math to life in middle school. Jill’s passion for learning led her to explore how technology could transform the tools students use to demonstrate what they know and can do with content. She believes physical space and technology should mirror the types of innovative thinking we foster in our learners. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership, is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, A+ Certification Engineer, and Cisco Certified Network Administrator.
Jill has launched schools, been a school leader for both private and public institutions at the PreK-12 programs. She has redesigned university professional development programs across the country and was a founding designer for the Southern Methodist University’s first urban transformational leadership masters degree program. Most recently, she designed the SMU Engineering Teacher’s summer training institutes and developed the new digital project-based learning course for Wilkes University through Eduspire solutions, and she actively writes university-level courses and trains university professors in experiential education and digital workforce advancement.