Ben Owens spent 11 years as physics and mathematics teacher at a small, innovative public school of choice in rural Appalachia after a 20 year career as an engineer with a multinational corporation in manufacturing and R&D locations across the U.S. He now leads the national nonprofit, Open Way Learning, that helps schools build cultures of open, learner-centered innovation to better prepare their students for a rapidly changing world. He was the recipient of the 2017 Bridging the Gap Distinguished Teacher in STEM Education; the 2016 North Carolina Center for Science, Mathematics, & Technology Outstanding 9-16 Educator; a 2014 Hope Street Group National Teaching Fellow; and is on the National Faculty for PBLWorks. He co-authored the book “Open Up, Education!" and co-edited "The Open Organization Guide for Educators."
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Asheville, North Carolina