John Larmer Joins Defined

John Larmer brings two decades of PBL expertise and leadership to Defined 

NORTHBROOK, Illinois, November 9, 2021Defined today announced that as it continues to build on its momentum as the leading provider of K-12 project-based learning (PBL) resources, John Larmer has joined the company's leadership team as Senior PBL Advisor. Larmer brings with him 20 years of deep expertise in driving student achievement through PBL that will help propel Defined into the future. 

Prior to Defined, John helped build PBLWorks/Buck Institute for Education (BIE) where he served as editor in chief, director of publications, and director of product development. He co-developed the model for Gold Standard PBL that is the foundation of PBLWorks’ products and services. At PBLWorks, he wrote widely used rubrics for 21st-century success skills, and problem-based curriculum units for high school government and economics. John also contributed to PBLWorks’s research and professional development programs including the flagship PBL 101 workshop. John has also written numerous blog posts and is the author of several articles and books on PBL for K-12 teachers, school leaders, and parents.


We are very excited to welcome John to our team. He brings a wealth of industry experience and leadership that will help cement Defined as the leading provider of project-based learning resources."

Joel Jacobson, Chief Executive Officer @ Defined


As the PBL Senior Advisor at Defined, John will support the development of the company’s PBL content strategy and professional learning program. John comments, "I am excited to start a new challenge by joining the team at Defined and helping further develop their already extensive PBL curriculum, courses, and services for educators. It's a respected company that is dedicated to providing schools with the resources they need to engage students in high-quality PBL."


About Defined

Defined is a transformative K-12 EdTech company that combines technology, creativity, and curriculum expertise to provide useful and relevant content to students, teachers, and administrators. Since 2009, Defined has been helping educators engage students in real-world experiences that are connected to careers through project-based learning. Defined empowers students to build the critical skills they need to succeed in college, careers, and life.
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