After teaching in public schools for 20+ years, I’m delighted to have joined the ESSDACK team, partnering with Kevin Honeycutt to bring you LifePracticePBL, a flavor of Project Based Learning that engages all learners, Kindergarten through high school. I have also developed STEAMmaker Camps (grades 5-12) and STEAMmaker Jr Camps (PreK-5) to help teachers and schools learn how to fully utilize the maker movement in everyday classrooms. And of course, technology, social media, and high-ability learners round out my primary list of passions.
Who am I?
I’m an education consultant and keynote speaker with ESSDACK, a non-profit education service center based in Hutchinson Kansas. I specialize in Project/Problem Based Learning, makerspaces, emerging technologies, technology integration, and gifted & high ability learners.
What am I passionate about?
I’m passionate about helping educators rethink what teaching and learning can be in today’s world.
What makes my heart sing?
There is nothing better than watching the face of a teacher, or a group of educators, or an entire school, as they watch their kids get excited about learning and doing things they never thought was possible. I know exactly what that feels like from the perspective of the learner, the teacher, and the school leader. It’s the most awesome thing in the world. Because in that moment, everything is possible. It’s the best feeling of possibilities for all involved and they will want to do it again.
Developing the LifePractice Model
Project Based Learning has been my passion for the past 12+ years, creating a PBL school and the LifePractice model we used. Working with authentic and engaged learning in all aspects of school and by crossing both the academic and the social continuum, the students, staff, and I created a supremely democratic educational environment. Learners of all ages became empowered with a thoughtful voice and truly loved coming to school each day. I’m ready to share with you the steps that it took to develop a true community of collaborative learners; staff, students, and parents together.
What does Ginger do?
Ginger provides dynamic and hands-on learning for those interested in providing engaging professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, parents, and communities.
- Project Based Learning
- Maker Education
- Emerging technology
- Technology Integration
- Gifted & High Ability Learners
- Anti-bullying, Digital Citizenship, and Digital Legacy
Ginger’s Short Bio:
I’m a national consultant & keynote speaker with ESSDACK, a non-profit education service center. I bring high energy and excitement to my work to inspire educators to think differently about kids and learning. My carefully-crafted workshops help all levels of educators figure out the tough daily work of Project/Problem Based Learning, makerspaces in schools, technology integration, and working with gifted & high-ability learners. I’m deeply passionate about helping educators rethink and revision what teaching and learning can be in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world.
Ginger is a national consultant & keynote speaker with ESSDACK, a non-profit education service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. Her high-energy keynotes inspire educators to think differently about kids and learning. Her workshops help all levels of educators figure out the tough daily work of Project/Problem Based Learning, makerspaces in school, technology integration, and working with gifted & high-ability learners. She’s deeply passionate about helping educators rethink and revision what teaching and learning can be in today’s (and tomorrow’s) world.
A little more…
Graduating from Emporia State University in 1994 with a BSE in Social Science, I promptly began teaching the day school at a residential boys’ home for The Farm, Inc. where I quickly discovered differentiated instruction and how to engage students well beyond my formal pre-service teaching instruction. I taught all core subjects to 11 troubled boys at a time, ages 11-18, at the home’s two dining room tables, using previously-discarded 20 year old text books.
Eventually uncovering a lifelong passion, in 2004, I earned my Master’s degree in Psychology and Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education. I began working as the Gifted Services Coordinator at Emporia Middle School and also serving as NCA Steering Committee Chair.
I served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative for 7 years as a Region Representative, State and Federal Legislative Liaison, a Conference Chair, and the Kansas Education Liaison, and have been a member of the National Association for Gifted Children, working at both the state and federal levels, advocating for the needs of gifted children in Kansas.
For 4 years, I served as the co-chair of the Professional Learning Committee for the Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA), and am currently on the Board of Directors for Advocates for High-Ability Learners (AHA Learners), am a member of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies, and am a Google Certified Innovator.
I also have a wonderfully understanding husband, Eric, of nearly 25 years who helps make this crazy life possible.
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“Ginger enjoys sharing the lessons she learned as a classroom teacher, a gifted education teacher, and as the Director of Turning Point Learning Center, developing the LifePractice PBL model. She is a dynamic presenter available to work both virtually and on-site with your group.”