Ben Owens worked as an engineer for 20 years before becoming a math and physics teacher for 11 years at a Teacher Powered and wall-to-wall Project-Based Learning school in rural Appalachia. After co-authoring the book “Open Up, Education!” in 2018, Ben founded the nonprofit, Open Way Learning, and now helps schools create the cultural conditions for localized, learner-centered innovation. Ben was the 2017 Bridging the Gap Distinguished Teacher in STEM Education; the 2016 North Carolina Center for Science, Mathematics, & Technology Outstanding 9-16 Educator; a member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council; and a Hope Street Group National Teaching Fellow. He is on the National Faculty for PBLWorks, a member of Transcend’s Yellow Hats League, and is an Open Organization Ambassador.
Written by Ben Owens
“With the closure of school buildings, we see that knowledge will find a way to flow, even if the traditional pathways are stoppered.” --Grant Lichtman --“Teacher Leadership in the Aftermath of a Pandemic #1: Taking stock”, by Ben Owens.
Independent Report written to inform the work of Education International