Jill Ackers-Clayton has taught and consulted in schools and with organizations worldwide to transform various learning ecosystems for the 21st century.
She has been an educator for more than 20 years. 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 went on to earn her Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, A+ Certification, and Cisco Certified Network Administrator certificates to better use technology in her educational innovations.
As a school board member, Jill had a voice in strategic planning and school-to-community connection to deepen stakeholder involvement. These connections deepened the relationship between authentic learning and student achievement. It was this type of transformational learning environment that led her to partner with the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) to create constructivist-learning opportunities in urban settings.
Since then, Jill has launched schools and taught in PreK-12 programs and redesigned university professional development programs. These schools include International Baccalaureate and STEM schools to designing Southern Methodist University’s first urban transformational leadership masters degree. In 2012, she designed a dual-language project-based learning (PBL) independent school and served as the Head of School to ensure second-language acquisition through her program design. She has also worked with schools in Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Thailand, China, and worldwide to design and implement leader and educator professional development. She has authored PBL books and blogs to provide resources for educators and leaders as they further their learning.
Jill brings her passion for constructivist learning, languages, and technology to educators through authentic, relevant learning and professional development. Jill actively consults for Project ARC, 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.