Michael_James_GwaltneyI am Mike Gwaltney, an educator, school leader, consultant, speaker, and writer. This year, 2019-2020, I celebrate my 30th year working in education, and I am proud of my reputation as a dynamic, creative, innovative, and learner-centered educator.

I am one of the pioneering leaders in Online Learning within the American private-independent school community. I focus on developing constructivist learning experiences that connect students to each other online in highly collaborative, “high-touch” projects.

In 2010, I joined the Online School for Girls as one of the inaugural year teachers, and continued through 2014, teaching courses for students and professional development courses for teachers. In 2011, I assisted in the first-ever accreditation of a private-independent, student-centered, fully online school. In 2011, I was the keynote speaker and workshop leader for the 2011 California Association of Independent Schools’s annual day of Professional Development on Blended/Online Learning. From 2014-2017, I led the development of the award-winning program in Portland, Oregon called “American Story,” a blended/online learning experience for students in the city’s private-independent schools. I completed a Masters focused on Constructivist / Progressive, Student-Centered Distance Learning in 2016.

I am an independent educational consultant, as well as currently an Assistant Head of School and Head of Upper School at a private-independent school in New England. 

I provide training and consulting services in School Leadership, Instructional Coaching, Project-Based and Inquiry-Based Learning, Online/Blended Learning, and Educational Technology. I have worked with schools and organizations all over the world, and have presented at major international, national and regional conferences. 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 books.

I am also a member of the Independent School Management’s (ISM, inc.) Summer Institute Faculty, where I lead workshops for school leaders, and I sometimes present about ISM’s model for Comprehensive Faculty Development.

I have been honored to serve on four Boards, including most recently for the Independent Curriculum Group. I have volunteered extensively for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and spend my free time playing tennis, trying to improve as an amateur photographer, and watching Liverpool F.C.