Oliver Schienkten, M. Ed is a national Speaker, consultant, and writer with regard to Project-based learning, 21st Century Skills, Educational technology, and implementing innovation in education. He has been a classroom teacher for 12 years at both the middle school and high school level. He has also worked as a basketball coach, track coach, "science club for youth" coordinator and supervisor. It has become a moral imperative for Oliver to take a year of leave from teaching in order to help implement and inspire reform and relevance in education.
Oliver co-founded an interdisciplinary, project-based program within his local high school. The idea of the program was to engage students in 21st century learning and develop the communication and collaboration skills, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving skills they need to succeed in the outside world. Oliver also concentrated on engaging students with community experts, had them working within the community, all while empowering them to help make positive contributions to the community as they learned science, social studies, literacy, and leadership content. Involving the community in our education system is a key variable to maximizing its effectiveness.
He is a consultant for education companies such as Zaner-Bloser and the Miss Humblebee Academy. Oliver is also the Co-Founder of the Communities program and of ComPassion Based Learning and AssistEd Shift.
Oliver graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with degrees in Biology, Psychology, and Education. He graduated from Lakeland College with a Master's Degree in Education. He was recently awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni award from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.