David is a co-founder of the Knights of KnowledgeTM and has worked in the field of education and educational technology for well-over 30 years. His educational philosophy is based on the idea that students learn best when they are constructors of their own knowledge. He also believes that students who are taught in ways that honor their learning styles and dominant intelligences retain the native engagement with learning with which they entered school. A central theme of his work is that we must prepare students for their future, not for our past.Recently he was one of the reviewers for the Next Generation Science Standards, and the Knights of KnowledgeTM project grew out of his long interest in inquiry-driven project-based learning - what he believes to be the key pedagogical model for the rest of this century.
Dr. Thornburg is the recipient of several awards for product design and is the recipient of both the Golden and Platinum Disk awards from CUE (Computer Using Educators, Inc.) for his contributions to the advancement of learning and learning technologies. In 1999 he was selected as one of twenty "pioneers" in the field of educational technology by ISTE, the premiere organization devoted to the advancement of technology in learning, and was named by Technology and Learning magazine as one of the top ten most influential people in the field of educational technology in the past twenty years. He has spoken at TEDx and was the subject of a short documentary created by the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Norma Thornburg, MA
Norma is co-founder of the Knights of KnowledgeTM in which she contributes to projects and provides materials in Portuguese for Brazilian educators. She has been a classroom teacher, a principal, a technology coordinator, and an educational consultant. Her work brings her all over the world.
Norma's work in support of constructivist learning led her to write the first book on the Logo programming language in Brazil. She has many years experience working in the field of inquiry-driven project-based learning (PBL) and was the lead designer of a five-year PBL program that, at its peak, reached over 15,000 students throughout Brazil.
Norma is one of the leaders in constructivist and constructionist education in both Brazil and the United States, and her insights are in demand worldwide.
Norma received her MA in Instructional Technology from San José State University, and her Bachelor's in Education at Universidade Católica de Petrópolis in Petrópolis, Brazil.
Sara is a co-founder of the Knights of KnowledgeTM where she brings her deep experience in project-based learning and her equally impressive work on rubric development for assessment.
She has been an educator for over 35 years—as a classroom teacher, principal, and professional developer. Sara is recognized for her dedication to project-based learning and the benefits that accrue to students and teachers through this practice, particularly in the elementary grades. She conducts workshops in developing effective projects across the country, and throughout the world. She is a firm believer in meaningful assessment, and presents workshops on developing effective rubrics for all aspects of project work. Sara is also interested in the power of story and storytelling, and infuses it into her presentations and workshops.
Sara is a recipient of both the Gold and Platinum Disks from Computer-Using Educators.