“Jenny’s work with our team over two years has provided a consistent touchstone and built an atmosphere of trust to support our development of quality PBL experiences for our students. When I have teachers coming to me regularly asking for collaboration time with Jenny to help push their work further, I know that we are onto something good.”
“Bringing her depth of knowledge and amazing ability to share her expertise, CraftED listens with care and facilitates powerful, productive collaboration. With Jenny’s leadership, we’ve efficiently moved leaps and bounds because of her dedication to empathy, connected communities and thoughtful ideation.”
“Meet Jenny” -President, Founder
Dr. Jenny Pieratt is an international expert on Project Based Learning and the founder of CraftED Curriculum. Previously Jenny was a veteran classroom teacher at the world-renowned High Tech High; she is also a former School Development Coach for New Tech Network and National Faculty at Buck Institute for Education. Jenny is the Founder of CraftED and continues to oversee all operations of the business in her capacity as President, while remaining active in fieldwork via onsite and virtual PBL coaching and consulting to administrators and teachers across the US and abroad. Jenny has studied teaching and learning theory extensively; she holds a PhD in Educational Philosophy, with an emphasis in PBL, from the Claremont Colleges. She is an accomplished author and sought-after speaker on the topic of PBL; to read her research and publications, please click here.”
Meet the Experts
Ryan Gallagher, NGSS expert
California adopted NGSS in part thanks to the great work of our own Ryan Gallagher. He was a proud member of the Distinguished Educators Panel at the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, and the California Science Expert Panel that made revisions and recommendations for California adoption of NGSS Ryan is incredibly creative in ideating project ideas and has a knack for marrying real world connections, rigor and student engagement through PBL and PrBL. Ryan has been supporting adult learners in their PBL journey for the past ten years-in fact he currently supports teachers and pre-service teachers as a researcher and STEM instructional lead in San Diego. Ryan is at the forefront of progressive education through his “continuous improvement projects” within K-12 schools, his role co-facilitating a networked improvement community focused on college, career, and civic readiness, and Director of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Early Implementation Initiative. Ryan proudly self identifies as a father, husband, science nerd and White Sox fan.
Jeremy Manger, Elementary Expert
Jeremy Manger has been an educator for over fourteen years and has taught in New York, Oregon, California and Ethiopia. A short visit to Jeremy’s classroom at High Tech Elementary North County and you will feel the buzz he creates, exciting students and teachers alike with his approach to create with intentional teaching and learning. From student-run restorative practices to foundational literacy and math skills within a Project-based setting, his impact is remarkable.
Jeremy has a great deal of experience supporting new teachers through the Induction process, and designing and facilitating adult learning experiences. Jeremy has represented High Tech High in PBL trainings across the country and works closely with school leadership to strategize on Professional Development at the High Tech High schools-particularly as it relates to best practices in elementary education. And his approach goes far beyond core lessons; Jeremy is committed to addressing social equity through the projects he designs, supporting student voice and choice and teaching foundational literacy and numeracy skills. When Jeremy isn’t brainstorming and planning projects that build his third grade students into change-agents, you will find him at the beach or the ball fields with his family.
Leah Henry, Secondary PBL and Instructional Leadership Expert
Leah Henry is a veteran PBL facilitator and instructional coach. She has taught in rural, suburban and urban schools and both charter, parochial, and public schools in grades 7-12. The bulk of her classroom PBL experience comes from working in an Expeditionary Learning school and a New Tech Network school.
Leah has worked with educators from all grade levels and content areas as a School Development Coach for the New Tech Network for six years before returning to the high school she graduated from as a teacher. Leah’s favorite part of project planning is the project ideation phase. In her free time Leah likes to dream about what school can be and work towards making it happen! Leah and her husband have three young boys who keep them young and reside in Indiana.