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Defined Academy

Professional Learning to Support Outstanding PBL

Defined Academy offers districts and schools a variety of online and in-person professional learning services to help educators get started and go further with Project-Based Learning (PBL), Defined Learning, and Defined Careers. Our expert team will work with you to develop a customized professional learning program tailored to your goals and needs.

Whether you are new to PBL or looking to advance your practice, we have a path just for you.

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Our Expert Team

Defined's thought leaders create high-quality professional learning opportunities to increase educators' knowledge and skills to support all students in their learning. Meet our leaders:

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David Reese, Ed. D.

David Reese serves as Chief Academic Officer for Defined. David has served K-12 students as a science teacher, Curriculum Specialist, and School System Administrator. Dave leads Defined in supporting educators with professional learning that helps them get started and go further with PBL. 
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Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe is a nationally recognized educator and award-winning author of the best-selling Understanding by Design (UbD) series. Defined offers an online course led by Jay that provides educators with a deeper understanding of PBL and performance tasks. 

John Larmer

John Larmer

John Larmer has spent over two decades providing PBL expertise and leadership. He co-developed the model for Gold Standard PBL and is the author of several books on PBL. As a Senior PBL Advisor at Defined, John helps build professional learning courses on gold-standard PBL.

Rob Underwood

Rob Underwood

Rob Underwood is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience in the education and technology industries. Formerly a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent, Rob now serves as the VP of Professional Learning Partnerships at Defined where he works with leaders from across the globe on impacting teaching and learning.


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The Learning Never Ends

Despite what your students may think, teachers don’t know everything. The key to inspire deeper learning is to pass on the skills of hands-on self-education. When instructor skills and understanding grow, student skills and understanding grow as well. The connections are clear. Supporting educators is vital to a healthy learning environment.

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