Michael_James_GwaltneyI am Mike Gwaltney, an educator, school leader, consultant, speaker, and writer. The 2019-2020 school year is my 30th working in schools, and I am proud of my reputation as a dynamic, creative, innovative, and learner-centered educator. I am passionate about creating civic-minded, engaged citizens, and advocate for educational strategies like project-based, inquiry-based, and other progressive pedagogies.

I am currently Head of Upper School (9-12) and Assistant Head of School for Academics (PK-12) at a private-independent school in New England. 

In addition to my school job, as a consultant 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.