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July 29, 2015
Bob Lenz Takes the Helm at BIE

by John Larmer
Editor in Chief

The good ship BIE has grown quite a bit lately – from a skiff to, say, a schooner – and since July 1 we have a new captain, Bob Lenz. Our former Executive Director of 15 years, John Mergendoller, decided to retire from active duty but will still be doing special projects with us as Senior Fellow.

First, to get a sense of what it means to lead an organization like BIE, look at the size of our staff (grown from 7 to 20 in the last three years!) – some of whom work from home in other parts of the U.S. – and the nearly 80 members of our National Faculty who do our workshops and coaching. We work with over 20 school districts in multi-year partnerships, conduct over 200 PBL workshops a year, and have made arrangements with several international partner organizations to help spread PBL around the globe. We...

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