Michael Niehoff is available for independent contract and freelance work. Operating under Michael Niehoff LLC, Michael routinely leads professional development and learning for organizations such as the Buck Institute for Education, CUE and others. He is also regularly contracted individually to work with individual school sites, school districts, counties offices and private organizations. Feel free to reach out to Michael at (559) 287-4078 or email@example.com regarding professional support services. See recent testimonials below:
"Michael went above and beyond to help us not only learn more about PBL but about practical application and extension activities that really help further student understanding. With his support, we have been implementing some of the ideas we learned to existing projects. For example, we are working to help students put together a blog so they can communicate their progress to stakeholders on the school garden they are working to establish. Additionally, he has provided ongoing support and is great at providing feedback to questions that have come up through the process of utilizing PBL in the classroom." - Ellen Avellar, Winton Middle School
“Thank you - I'm very appreciative of the guided work - the ability to brainstorm, create, revise, collaborate. This process was useful and productive. Thank you so much for not just talking to us about PBL - but actually making us produce something.” - Barb Bedwell, South Tahoe High School.
“Mike is so inspirational! I am beginning my 27th year with excitement and enthusiasm because of the delivery of the three day training. I came out with a usable product that will meet the need for innovative teaching for innovative students. Depth of Knowledge and student interest examples were shared. You're great!"
- Julie Latucca, Teacher Competitive Edge Charter Academy
“The PBL professional development with Michael was by far one of the most effective and engaging ones I have attended. The ideas generated here are applicable to the classroom and have opened new avenues of collaboration for teachers and ways to boost engagement and rigor for students.” - Kathleen Labrada, Mesa View Middle School
"Michael Niehoff is who you want to provide professional learning about PBL because you get actual practice in creating a project from start to finish. He's not afraid to send you out of the classroom to do research and to engage with the community. By Day 2, I now have a solid understanding of PBL, but also know my next steps."
- Tom Nixon, Online Learning Fresno Unified
"As a new teacher, I am loving the PBL training. I do feel like I am walking away from these sessions with tools that will help me become a better teacher than I should be in my first year. I appreciate your friendliness and personal interactions. You obviously have experience with many individuals and projects. The expertise really helps guide the thought process. Thanks for listening." - Storm Myer, Social Science Teacher Twin Valley USD, Kansas
"I learn something every time we meet. It also forces me (in a nice way) to rethink, evaluate and reflect on what I am doing and want to do. Thank you." - Erin Kirkland, Mesa View Middle School
“Thank you for being so adaptive and listening to what we needed. It was refreshing to see that YOU did exactly what we are expected to do in the classroom. Thank you for your modeling of excellent teacher!!!!!”
- Andrea Whitney, Bell High School LAUSD
"Your training was a wealth of information. The information was provided in a manner that was understandable and relatable. I was able to understand the concepts necessary to provide my students with a Project Based Learning opportunity that they will learn and benefit from professionally. The best part of the training was that when we left we had the majority of at least one project outlined. The information was put together so well that even I, a new teacher, was able to comprehend the concepts! Definitely a class all teachers should be required to attend! Thank you again for all the information you provided you. Your attitude and positive personality and outlook made the class go by really quick!" - Celia Lopez, Law Pathway Bullard High School
“This is my first introduction to PBL. I really appreciated how thorough you are with each component of what makes high quality project-based learning. My idea prior to working with you was that it's just projects. But now, after these last couple of days, I realize that PBL is so much more. It's really the way to engage all students and have deeper learning. Thank you so much Michael." - Marina Diaz, Medical Academy Clinical Instructor Fresno Unified School District
"With Michael's guidance and knowledge, I was able to get my school garden project not only up and running, but was able to focus it, make it more meaningful, and gain some amazing resources. Michael's knowledge and excitement is seen while he presents passionately and engages his audience in many ways. It is very apparent that Michael cares about the people that he interacts with and wants everyone to succeed as they educate students!"
- Kate Murphy, Winton Middle School
"This PBL learning is one of the best and most relevant professional development experiences that I have been a part of in my career. The level of excitement which was facilitated by Mike is invigorating."
- Pete Pulos, Principal Cambridge HS
“Michael did a great job of presenting the material in an understandable and interesting way. I am very excited to move forward and plan multiple project-based learning experiences for my students.”
- Katie Zabaleta, Mesa View Middle School
“Michael was responsive to our individual needs and circumstances. He addressed all of my questions and concerns throughout the training. This was by far one of the most relevant and helpful professional development trainings that I have been to in 11 years of teaching.” - Sarah Seevers, Park View Middle School
"Michael worked with 20 of our teachers at South Tahoe High School on understanding and implementing PBL. He inspired them with real examples and time to collaborate and plan projects. Michael customized his workshop to reflect complex local issues in Tahoe. Michael's work with our teachers is helping us to advance our school vision!"
- Carline Sinkler, Principal South Tahoe HS
“One of the most difficult aspects for myself in Project Based Learning, as a secondary science teacher, has been in the project design. Finding project ideas that students are interested in and including the science curriculum requires buy-in from students. During the PBL training with Michael, we spent many hours on the designing of our projects. When speaking with Michael, he helped me see how one project, if correctly implemented, can be extended and have limitless possibilities. For example, if we incorporate outside business and community partners, a project as simple as a one minute public service announcement that students create can have a long term impact. This PSA is not only to educate the audience, but a product that can be added to the students digital portfolio can help students get into the college of their dreams or finding future employment.” - Jean Nakaguchi, Anatomy/Physiology Teacher Roosevelt HS FUSD
“Michael was amazing! He is intentional and makes adjustments to the training and resources based on the needs of his audience.” - Dr. Jaime Anderson, Director Secondary Ed. Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District
"This has been one of the most valuable and informative learning sessions that I have attended during my time in our district. The past two days have been incredibly well planned and our facilitator has been outstanding in delivering the information and guiding us in actually creating useable, worthwhile work. I am impressed and grateful for this opportunity. Mr. Niehoff has been exceptional in leading this professional development. I would recommend him to lead a training for our entire staff and for other schools in the district." - Rick Santos, JE Young Charter School
“Michael has been a great asset to our efforts to implement PBL. His background and expertise in PBL, CTE and technology have helped him connect with our teachers and staff. Teachers reported that they learned a lot from their time working with Michael - whether it was in an all group, small group or individual coaching session.”
- Ted Altenberg, Assistant Principal Silicon Valley CTE
"Michael was extremely positive and provided an environment that was very conducive to learning and growing as an educator. I felt that I could ask questions and he would answer them thoughtfully and respectfully. He also created a culture that helped us to encourage and aid our co-workers in the training in a positive and engaging way. I feel like everyone in the class was supportive and were great listeners as was modeled by Michael."
- Amanda Knox, Calimesa Elementary
“Michael has written a number of articles for Getting Smart, and he never fails to provide innovative ideas that are clearly driven by a genuine passion for improving education for students everywhere. He does a great job of encouraging people to want to come along on the journey.” - Erik Day, Editor at Getting Smart
"Michael was very informative and always finding ways to include everyone the activities or learning that was taking place. He is very thorough and friendly in his presentation skills. He provides tremendous resources!"
- Becky Zalesnik, Director of Innovative Programs Sheldon Independent School District
"We in our group have really enjoyed your practical approach to everything. You have been an excellent sounding board and have provided exceptional feedback and direction. Thank you."
- Dr. Ginny Duncan, Instructional Coach Liberal HS, Liberal, KS
"It has been an absolute pleasure to have you working with our staff in Sheldon ISD. Your PBL facilitation has been just what our group needed. Our experienced teachers have been able to fine-tune their practice and consider some new, fresh ideas for implementation and project development next year. Our new teachers have gained a high-quality foundational understanding of PBL that will help them to get started on the right track. I also love that they have been able to design a project while they are learning. Thank you for delivering such a quality professional learning experience to our team!" - Annette Clark, Coord. of Innovative Programs Sheldon Independent School District, Houston, TX
"Mike was awesome! He gave us some truly great tools that will guide us through not just PBL but just good teaching practices. I am thankful for his expertise!" - Raechel Broussard, Instructional Coach, Null Middle School
"I appreciated the fact that I was getting the opportunity to move in the direction that is best for my students while getting the support necessary to do it right." - Megan Kennedy, Math/Science Teacher Stockton Jr. High, Kansas
“Michael was very patient as we were a lively group. Thank you for all of your time and attention to our overall and individual goals.” - Diana Matteson and Julie Wilson, Mesa View Middle School
"Thanks @mwniehoff for pushing us in the PBL process! I’m grateful for the opportunity to experience the process and excited to support #usd418 teachers as the embark on their projects...and maybe even my own!"
- Carol Nelson, Ed Tech Specialist, McPherson Unified School District, KS
"Michael was the best. Best workshop I have ever attended. I learned so much. He is AWESOME!!!!!"
- James Brush, Math and CTE Teacher Yucaipa High School
After attending the PBL workshop, I gained insight on what PBL truly looks like and the impact it has on our students. The videos shown were relevant, up-to-date, and inspirational. Micheal really brought everything together and helped us in any aspect of PBL we were struggling with. I would definitely recommend that all teachers should attend this PBL training." - Maria Duke-Mendoza, Medical Education and Research Academy, McLane HS
"Thanks for the great presentation and facilitation. I learned so much in the past 3 days."
- Cierra Walton, Math Teacher Null Middle School
" I thoroughly enjoyed the 1:1 attention. Thank you so much!"
- Erin Wallace, Special Education and ELA Teacher Yucaipa High School
"Thank you for being so easy to talk to. The first day was overwhelming, but as time progressed I found myself wrapping my head around the project idea."
- Lucy Mora-Sandoval, World History & Geography Teacher South Tahoe High School
"Michael was knowledgeable and intelligent. He really knew what he was talking about. He worked well with each of us and guided us to come up with something that was absolutely usable and appropriate for our grade and kids."
- Wendy Montgomery, Parkview Middle School