Greg Bamford is a school leader, consultant, and speaker.
He has worked in independent schools for 20 years as a teacher, coach, administrator, consultant, and parent. He started his career teaching high school English and history at Hawken School (OH) and The Overlake School (WA). During this time, he earned an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University.
In 2010, Greg left Overlake and started the Leadership+Design summer program in design thinking for students and, later, the Leadership+Design Bootcamp experience for educators. He also curated TEDxOverlake, a 2011 TEDx event on the theme "How People Learn: At Work, At Play, At School." These projects grew into Leadership+Design, a thriving nonprofit with a national ability to support educational innovation and leadership development. Greg's work as a consultant includes facilitating board and administrative retreats, leading professional development on modern learning, and strategic planning for schools. His clients include a range of public and private schools and professional organizations.
In 2014, Greg became Head at the Watershed School in Boulder, Colorado. Watershed's unique model integrates global travel, project-based learning, character education, and real-world inquiry through a series of interdisciplinary core "expeditions." In his time as Head of School at Watershed, enrollment has grown by 82%, Watershed developed its arts and global travel programs, and the young school earned ACIS accreditation for the first time. While at Watershed, Greg and a team of collaborators co-founded the Traverse Conference, a national conference on real-world learning, in collaboration with national partners.
In summer 2018, Greg left Watershed to become the Associate Head of School for Strategy and Innovation at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington.
Greg has been a featured speaker at dozens of education conferences as well as written for Independent School magazine, Net Assets, and The Yield. He continues to work with schools across the country.
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