Jill Ackers has taught and consulted in schools and with organizations worldwide to transform various learning ecosystems for the 21st century.
Jill has been an educator for 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.
Her philosophy is that relevant learning experiences prepare children and adults to be critical thinkers who use creativity to solve challenges.
Her experience includes curriculum design and development, STEM, Technology & Network Director, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Global Education Trainer, and School Leader. She has worked at the university level, designing transformational leadership programs and curriculum for aspiring principals. She consults with professors to redesigning their courses with a constructivist approach. She founded a Spanish Immersion and Dual Language Project Based Learning School in Dallas, Texas. Her extensive professional development background includes training in urban, charter and private schools all over the world. – Project ARC 2015.
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.