John Larmer

Editor in Chief, Buck Institute for Education - PBL Done Well

John is Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education, having also served as Director of Product Development and Associate Director since joining BIE in 2001. 

John writes and edits BIE’s PBL Blog and other website content. He co-authored and/or edited BIE’s project-based curriculum units for high school government and economics, the Project Based Learning Handbook (2003), and the books in BIE's PBL Toolkit Series: PBL Starter Kit (2009), PBL in the Elementary Grades (2011), and PBL for 21st Century Success (2013). In 2015 he co-authored the ASCD book Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning. He creates and contributes to BIE's professional development services and PBL materials. John has also consulted on PBL curriculum development for the National Academy Foundation, the Oracle Education Foundation, and Pearson Education. 

Prior to joining BIE, John was a Senior Program Associate at WestEd, where he was a consultant to middle schools and high schools in the use of standards and assessments. For ten years John taught high school social studies and English. He co-founded a restructured small high school, and was a member of the National School Reform Faculty and school coach for the Coalition of Essential Schools. 

John received M.A. degrees in Educational Technology and in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.