I'm incredibly fortunate to have great feedback from partner institutions. These kind words are a generous reflection of my work.
In the spring of 2012, we invited Andrew to spend two days working with our full-time teaching staff, as well as our adjunct faculty. These two days affirmed our choice to bring him on campus for in-depth staff development. Andrew worked with us to customize the presentation to meet the needs of the varied levels of expertise among our staff. Teachers commented they felt inspired and eager to continue or begin implementing PBL in their courses. Andrew provided a quality learning experience which will have an impact on the instruction we provide to our students in the future! Ginger O'Neal Ph.D
From the moment you meet Andrew, you know he is special. He is not only an expert presenter but incredibly engaging and frankly, refreshingly unapologetic towards any excuses in why educators shouldn’t be engaging our students in what research advocates as most effective in educational practice. His case is compelling to even the most resistant adult learner as Andrew passionately translates educational research into “do-able” practice by relating his own learning experiences and teaching practice – all intertwined with his unique engaging humor.
As well as being a gifted presenter, Andrew also takes the role of facilitating the content very seriously as I observed him closely working with small groups of teachers throughout his workshops. He truly listens and provides insightful ideas and alternatives for teachers to consider using as they design their PBL units. Andrew has a gift for almost creating an instant sense of trust with a group that it’s ok if you don’t know it or haven’t tried before – be a risk-taker, I’m here to help you get through it. As a result, teachers walk out the door feeling energized and committed to knowing this hard-work with Andrew yields huge dividends in their classroom. Teresa Dempsey Ph.D
I will continue to follow your work, hope to attend a speaking engagement in the future, and keep coming back to your witty anecdotes in my moments of weakness and uncertainty as a first year middle and high school Family and Consumer Science teacher (trying to increase rigor and scope in my classroom and the field)! Sara Hottinger
Andrew’s way of reaching out to the participants in first 15 minutes assured both, the participants and the school, that PBL would be accepted eventually though it may have a slow start! Barriers of content, exam focused institutions, difference between two countries with their perception about how to teach were handled very effectively by Andrew and TGES team is certainly thankful to Andrew and BIE for transplanting the seeds of change.
Andrew’s working and delivery was at the pace with participant’s needs and in his interactions with all participants he reached out to them satisfying their questions, their fears, their struggles and also ensured that he appreciated them for their small yet meaningful successes. His communication with team was supportive, assuring and challenging them to take on the risks! A perfect combination for any trainer!
Andrew’s efforts and processes ensured the successful delivery in new environment and charged all with possibilities of PBL. At a personal level I look forward to his blogs, writings, views on various subjects that add new perspectives to existing knowledge. Shekhar Hardikar