Bob Pearlman has been a key leader in the design, development, and implementation of 21st Century schools. He is currently a strategy consultant for 21st Century school and district development, a Senior Education Consultant for Fielding Nair International, and Senior Education Consultant to the UNITE-LA, the youth and workforce affiliate of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Bob served from 2002-2009 as the Director of Strategic Planning for the New Technology Foundation (now the New Tech Network) in Napa, CA, a school development organization. In this role he worked with communities in 9 states to launch 50 new 21st Century Secondary Schools based on the New Technology 21st Century High School model. Bob consults and speaks widely in the US and the UK on 21st Century Learning.
Bob has had a unique 40-year career as a teacher, Co-Director of Computer Education, teacher union leader and negotiator, Foundation President, Director of Education and Workforce Development, and Director of Strategic Planning for the nation's largest network of innovative 21st Century schools. Bob's experience and expertise includes New School Development, Whole District Reform, Business-Education Partnerships and coalitions, School-to-Career and Workforce Development, Union-School District Negotiations, School Restructuring and Technology, Project-Based Learning, Professional Development, Educational Finance, and School-site Assessment and Accountability.
Bob's reflections on the origins of PBL in the US in the 1990s can be read
in the 2015 Case Study, A
Case History of CART and Project-Based Learning, By Bruce Cuthbertson
and Sean O'Halloren, The IngenioMind Project, 2015. This case study examines
the educational policy context in which the an innovative High School program,
the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) in Fresno, CA, arose
in the late 1990s.