Micki began her educational career 38 years ago as a classroom teacher using experiential learning and PBL to teach the content and connect students with the community. She brings a wealth and variety of expertise — classroom teaching with a PBL focus, curriculum development and writing, instructional and systemic coaching and facilitation, and teaching and supervising in higher education pre-service and graduate education programs using PBL.
Micki has also worked extensively with schools in their redesign process, and helped to build professional learning communities to sustain the work. Micki has worked nationally and internationally with students, teachers and schools in school-wide redesign with a focus on project based, place based and problem based learning. She believes that the power of place shapes students thoughts, feelings, values and actions; it makes them who they are and plays a critical role in what they may become. She believes that Place Based Learning creates in students a sense of connectedness to the community and empowers students to make their community and the world a better place.
Recently, she worked with the Early College High School Initiative for Native Youth where she focused on helping tribal schools develop culturally relevant project-based learning modules. She is committed to equity and believes PBL provides equitable outcomes for all learners. She is currently serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education. Micki's journey with PBL began when she was in high school, when the only alternative school became her last resort. Here she was taught by three young teachers enmeshed in the Fox Fire books that made learning come alive, which changed her life. This experience fueled her passion for finding strategies that reach students who have become disenfranchised in traditional school settings. Micki believes that PBL is the vehicle to achieve this. Prior Publications