James Lewicki, M.S., M.E.P.D., B.S., A.A.
James Lewicki is recognized as a national leader in education and a leading expert in the areas of place-based and project-based learning, as well as creating interdisciplinary, multi-age learning communities.
Holding unmatched experience in coaching new or re-designed schools, James has worked closely with over 100 schools - from small to large, rural to urban, and elementary to high school - across 20 states. Many of these schools have emerged as highly successful innovative schools and several are recognized among America's top schools of excellence.
One school design, The Interdisciplinary Learning Collaborative (ILC), was a new innovative high school pedagogy resulting in 10 new high schools across Wisconsin.
After helping develop these 100 schools from 2005 - 2015, James devoted the last four years to being a school principal; first leading the turnaround of a K-5 fine arts public school from priority improvement to performance, and second, creating a new grassroots K-8 project-based rural charter public school. With these leadership efforts successful, James is returning to full-time consulting and coaching, and is now available to support innovative education initiatives in the US and abroad.
Lewicki's presentations and trainings have been warmly welcomed at state, national, and international conferences. He has led hundreds of staff trainings and teacher symposiums, as well as served as a Charter School Governance Board and School District Board of Education consultant. He has written a wide range of education grants in excess of 25 million dollars during his career.
Lewicki served 17 years as a public school teacher and was a 1994 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year finalist with a prestigious Kohl Fellowship for outstanding innovative teaching. Before his work in education, James served as a YMCA Camp Director in Washington, Wisconsin, and Hawaii for 8 years. He was also an Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Lewicki has an M.E.P.D. in Education from the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse, an M.S. in Outdoor Education Administration from George Williams College, a B.S. in Social Sciences from The Evergreen State College, and an A.A. in Outdoor Recreation Leadership from Colorado Mtn. College.
A recent book he wrote - The Joy of Learning - is available as a free download at www.jameslewicki.org as are many other training resources and videos linked in his website and CV below.
He has five adult children pursuing their dreams across America and the world. James and his wife, Renee, live in Colorado.