My name is Mike Gwaltney. I am a veteran teacher, school leader, author, and an educational consultant.
I am proud of my reputation as a creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial educator, recognized for visionary leadership and a commitment to student-centered education. I have led numerous school improvement initiatives, including teams and task forces on progressive, learner-centered and 21st Century learning, online/blended learning, and on assessment. I have co-chaired an accreditation process, run athletic and academic departments, directed a large 12th grade retreat program, and in 2011 I co-founded EdCampPDX in Portland, Oregon.
As a Department Chair and leader in private-independent schools for 10 years, I have been at the forefront of school decision-making on all issues related to academic and co-curricular programs, while leading a staff of teachers and managing budgets. I have completed the NAIS School Leadership Institute, and taken numerous courses in leadership, including ISM’s course on theory of private-independent school management. Currently I lead a PK-12 department and teach courses in History and Government in Portland.
I am a noted international leader in project-based and online learning, and a strong advocate for engaged citizenship. As part of a PBL unit in 2014-2015, my students helped pass a major bill through the Oregon state legislature. I am also one of the pioneers in online learning within American independent schools. As an Online School for Girls teacher from year one, I helped lead the first ever accreditation of an independent online school, and developed two successful social studies courses and a professional development course. I am both a practitioner and a scholar of progressive, constructivist online learning, and have written about highly effective distance education.
I provide training and consulting in Project-Based Learning, Online/Blended Learning, Educational Technology, and School Leadership. I have worked with schools and organizations all over the world. I present about PBL and e-Learning at major international, national and regional conferences, including ISTE, NAIS, OESIS, NWAIS, among others. I have received numerous teaching awards, including recognition as “Most Inspirational Teacher” by the Mayor of Los Angeles six times. My work has been featured on National Public Radio, Edutopia, and in several recent books.