Mike is National Faculty for Buck Institute for Education and a Certified Trainer of PBL (project based learning) through the New Tech Network. He has led conference sessions on a variety of topics including integrating technology, PBL, standards based grading, and collaborations between schools across the country and the world. Mike is a full-time teacher who is actively practicing the concepts that he teaches.

Mike is available to lead professional development on a multitude of topics from keynotes to workshops. Mike’s passion is student-centered learning through voice and choice. His expertise is on creating PBL classrooms where students can thrive. He offers three day workshops that can change a school culture from teacher to student centered learning. Mike’s style is honest and conversational. His workshops are interactive, rather than passively listening to a presentation.

Popular Session Topics

Three Day PBL Workshop

Complete introduction to PBL through active, hands on coaching. Participants will create a PBL project by going through the PBL process themselves. This is a comprehensive, engaging workshop that will support teachers to transition to PBL confidently.

Ditch the Rules and Build a Culture

Student centered learning does NOT mean chaos. Discover how to structure a PBL or similar classroom by making students part of the learning and management process. Explore practical tips to create an open and active learning environment.

Beyond “Nice Job!”

Learn how to teach students to give productive feedback to each other on their work and projects though proven protocols and modeling. Multiple approaches will be shared addressing both peer editing written work and evaluating student projects.

Launching Students to Greatness

Prepare to launch a PBL project by creating your own Driving Questions, Problem Statements, and Entry Events. Learn protocols by experiencing them and leave with a completed set of materials ready to start a PBL project.

Change “Who cares?” into “Tell me more!”

Make student inquiry the driving force in your classroom. Techniques to support questioning and inquiry at all levels and abilities. Build both the culture and skills necessary to create inquisitive attitudes in students.

Collaboration isn’t Cheating

Learn how to use the collaborative features of Google Docs to improve student writing through peer-editing and collaborative writing. Experience collaborative writing and editing from brainstorming to essays and even assessments! Practical student guidelines and templates will be shared along with tricks to keep all students accountable.

Projects That Don’t Suck

Learn about PBL projects across all curriculum and grades levels that are engaging to students and meet the standards. Discover ways to connect with your local community to raise your projects to a meaningful level for students.

Scaffolding for Success

How do you decide which students and when they should receive scaffolding? Discover how to design scaffolds in support of differentiated learning. Teach students to develop their own scaffolds as you gradually release them.

PBL in a Nutshell

After an overview of Project Based Learning, you will dive deep into a multitude of PBL resources in an interactive session to explore your questions about effective use of PBL in any classroom. Practical examples at all grade levels and subjects will be shared along with PBL strategies, templates, and resources.

Other Topics:

  • Standards Based Grading
  • Integrating technology for student centered learning
  • Historical inquiry and primary sources
  • Integrating literacy in all classes
  • Personalized, never standardized learning


Mike Kaechele is a foremost expert on Project Based Learning. He combines practical insights with thought-provoking questions in a style that is engaging, approachable and tailored to meet the needs of every participant. I have had the honor of watching Mike as a teacher and attending his conference sessions. In both contexts, he offers deep wisdom and practical insights in a way that empowers the learners. If you are looking for someone to lead a true workshop where participants are truly that – participating in the learning and ultimately in making something new – Mike Kaechele is the perfect choice.

John Spencer-author, speaker, professor, maker in Portland, Oregon.

Mike provided a fun and innovative 2-day project-based learning workshop for teachers and administrators in my district.  The workshop was packed with amazing ideas, information and resources. Educators left feeling inspired and invigorated since his down-to-earth presentation style truly made participants feel confident they could implement what Mike teaches.  Look no further, he is the real deal.

Matinga Ragatz, 2010 Michigan Teacher of the Year, MACUL Board of Directors.

I was told one lady said she found the hour your spoke more helpful than the three days we spent together in June.  Thanks for offering your insight and experience.  When we debriefed the folks in the room were ecstatic about your resources. Your time and effort is GREATLY appreciated by me and many others!

Rachel Verschaeve-Educational Technology Consultant, St. Clair County RESA

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