professional learning

BADGES and MICRO-CREDENTIALS (badges) (endorsed skills)


2018-2019 (Employment: Mount Vernon Presbyterian School + MVIFI)



  • Plywood People Black Box Sessions. Speaker on Topic of Problem Solving Design. Atlanta, GA. October 23, 2018.
  • SAIS Annual Conference. Participated in Fishbowl Keynote Address on NextGen Schools 2028 with Tim Fish, Brad Rathgeber, Debra Wilson and Quinton Walker. Co-facilitated Learning Walks: Trail Hikes in Pedagography with Derrick Willard. Charleston, SC. October 14-16, 2018.
  • Cherokee Trail Elementary School. Co-facilitated two-day design thinking workshop for faculty and administration. Parker, CO. August 6-7, 2018.

2017-2018 (Employment: Mount Vernon Presbyterian School + MVIFI)



  • Traverse Conference 2018.Co-facilitated design thinking and maker workshop with Jim Tiffin. June 4-6, 2018. Watershed School.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference 2018. March 8, 2018. Atlanta, GA.
  • Social Impact Design Workshop. Co-designed and co-hosted in joint partnership between MVIFI and Hillbrook School. March 7, 2018. SCAD Atlanta. [Blog post recap from Ross Wehner of World Leadership School.]
  • Transcend Yellow Hats League Zoom Webinar with Chip Houston, Meghan Cureton, Trey Boden, Katie Cain and Bo Adams. Badging and Microcredentialing. Feb. 9, 2018. Co-speaker/facilitator.
  • Douglas County School District, Cherokee Trail Elementary School consulting visit and bespoke workshop in design thinking and school transformation. Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, Jan. 28-31, 2018. Co-created and co-facilitated with MVIFI Nucleus Team.
  • School visit and conversations with students, faculty and administrators at The Logan School for Creative Learning, Aurora, CO. Jan. 26, 2018.
  • Hillbrook School, Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship consulting visit and bespoke workshop in design thinking and strategic visioning. Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, Jan. 18-19, 2018. Lead designer and facilitator.
  • Observation of strategic visioning workshop for Orlando Junior Academy, Orlando Florida. Led by Grant Lichtman, Dec. 2, 2017.
  • “Real-World Learning in Schools.” Transcend Yellow Hats League, Zoom Webinar. October 20, 2017. Featured host and speaker/facilitator.
  • EdLeader21 Annual Event, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 3-5, 2017. Co-created and co-facilitated workshop, “Design Thinking and Design Doing,” with Jim Tiffin and Trey Boden. Provided student for Ken Kay opening keynote and student panel. 
  • Tilton School bespoke workshop in design thinking and school transformation. Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, Sept. 21-22, 2017. Co-created and co-facilitated with MVIFI Nucleus Team. 
  • Transcend Yellow Hats League Zoom Webinar with Grant Lichtman, Moving the Rock: Seven Levers We Can Press to Transform Education. Sept. 20, 2017.
  • Joined Yellow Hats League, Transcend, August 8, 2017.
  • NAIS Innovation Kitchen Summit Hack, NAIS National Headquarters, Washington, D.C., July 26-28, 2017. Magnetic Mountain Model and Framework. Co-designed and co-facilitated event with Kawai Lai (VP Innovation, NAIS) and Jackie Wolking (Director of Innovation, NAIS)

2016-2017 (Employment: Mount Vernon Presbyterian School + MVIFI)



  • MVIFI fuse17 design thinking experience, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, June 14-16, 2017. Conference d.Team member and Conference Director.
  • Traverse17: Expedition to the Future of Learning, Watershed School, June 5-7, 2017. Participant, Co-leader of “Learning Walks & Instructional Rounds” sessions (2) with Shelley Clifford, and Program Partner through MVIFI.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Innovation Kitchen cohort member, Washington, D.C. May 17-18, 2017.
  • MISBO + IDEO Independent School Business Model Project meeting at IDEO, San Francisco, CA. May 1, 2017. Co-presenter with Rosalyn Merrick.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference 2018 Think Tank meeting, Atlanta, GA. April 13, 2017. (Think Tank Member for NAIS AC 18.)
  • MISBO + IDEO Project: How might we reimagine the independent school business model? Launch event in Baltimore, MD. March 4-5, 2017. Ongoing project work as team lead, March 6 – May 1, 2017.
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference 2017, Baltimore, MD. Attendee and co-presenter with Dr. Brett Jacobsen, “How to Build Your School’s Innovation Portfolio,” Speed Innovation Session. March 1-3, 2017.
  • Mastery Transcript Consortium meeting, Baltimore, MD. March 1, 2017.
  • School visit to Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN. February 3, 2017.
  • School visits and re-connections with Cannon School and Providence Day School. Concord and Charlotte, NC. November 10-11, 2016.
  • Mastery Transcript Consortium. October 27-28, 2016.Participant. Hawken School visit, Gates Mill (Upper School) Campus – Stirn Hall. October 27, 2016.
  • MVIFI A Night of Inquiry, Innovation and Impact. October 20, 2016. Organizer and attendee.
  • MVIFI Collider: In-House Professional Learning Conference. October 7, 2016. Organizer of event and facilitator for session “What’s In a Grade?”
  • MVIFI – MVPS School Visit Day. October 6, 2016. Organizer and director. 
  • MVIFI Consults visit to Tilton School. September 26-27, 2016. Consultant.
  • Visit to Colorado Academy, Denver, CO. September 15-16, 2016. Climbed to summits of Grays and Torreys Peaks. Meet-ups with Greg Bamford, Head of Watershed School; April Lewandoski, Professor at Front Range Community College.
  • Visit to Carolina Day School, Asheville, NC. August 29-30, 2016.
  • Expeditionary Learning Field Work. Workshop in MVPS Lower School facilitated by Jim Tiffin and Nicole Martin. August 12, 2016 (Two hours).
  • Design Thinking Challenge + Maker/Design/Engineering Lab. PBL Workshop with Four As Protocol and Critical Friends Project Tuning Protocol. Five-hour and two-hour, professional learning arcs co-designed and co-facilitated by MVIFI Nucleus Team and MVPS Division Leadership for MVPS Preplanning 2016. August 2016.
  • “Why We Brand; Why We Buy.” Design Conversation with Debbie Millman, hosted by Museum of Design Atlanta, August 11, 2016 [lecture].
  • “Cultivating Curiosity in the Classroom.” ASCD Webinar with Dr. Wendy Ostroff. July 28, 2016 (One hour).

2015-2016 (Employment: Mount Vernon Presbyterian School + MVIFI)



  • MVIFI fuse16 design thinking experience, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, June 15-17, 2016. Conference d.Team member and Conference Director.
  • Traverse16: Expedition to the Future of Learning, Watershed School, June 6-8, 2016. Participant, Co-leader of “Consultivations” sessions (2) with Meghan Cureton, and Program Partner through MVIFI.
  • FolioStudent Think Tank with Folio Collaborative, McDonogh School, May 1-2, 2016. Member of the think tank team to help concept and develop new portfolio and learning/growth processes and tool.
  • Coca-Cola AOC Workplace 2020, Tour and Discussion with Rodney Drinkard. April 15, 2016. (blog post)
  • Learning Walks & Instructional Rounds “Crash Course” Workshop. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Visit Day, hosted and co-created by MVIFI. April 8, 2016. Co-directed by Bo Adams and Allison Toller.
  • iDiploma Field Experience at the Stanford d.School. Co-created by MVIFI/MVPS iDiploma team with lead creation/facilitation from Ariel Raz, Durell Coleman and Suzie Wise, K12 Lab. February 29-March 4, 2016. (blog post)
  • SPARKplaces Workshop: “a dynamic 2-day design expedition, exploring the creation of remarkable, contemporary learning environments.” Wonder, By Design & Leadership + Design. February 26-27, 2016. (blog post)
  • NAIS Annual Conference 2016, “What’s Your Story? The Power of Trailblazers, Catalysts, and Calamities.” February 25-26, 2016. Co-presenting with Chip Houston and Shelley Clifford in one-hour workshop on Instructional Rounds(blog post)
  • San Francisco school visits to Brightworks and Nueva School. February 23-24, 2016. (blog posts: Brightworks and Nueva)
  • Lead facilitator for MVIFI Design Thinking Workshop for four Alabama schools. February 12, 2016. Co-facilitating with MVIFI/MVPS design thinking coaches.
  • XLR8 Makers (Dine and Design). January 28, 2016. Participant (personal logo design and vinyl cutting) and badge earned.
  • Workshop on Deeper Learning, Place-Based Learning, and Risk Management. Facilitated by World Leadership School. January 4-5, 2016 (1.5 days of teacher leader and administrator development). Participant and liaison.
  • XLR8 Makers (Dine and Design). November 12, 2015. Participant (Scratch and PICO boards topic focus) and badge earned.
  • Council on Innovation. October 23, 2015. Co-designer and program director.
  • Collider. October 9, 2015. Co-designer and executive program director. Also co-facilitated “PBL/DT: Case Study – Recycling” session with Anya Smith, as well as facilitated “Teachers Guild” session. Badge earned.
  • VS North America Days. Tauberbischofsheim, Germany. September 26-30, 2015. Participant and invited guest of Wonder, by Design and VS North America Southeast Region representative.
  • Creative Mornings Atlanta, Aarron Walters, Empathy; MODA 3D Printing the Future; Atlanta Tech Village StartUp Chowdown (all with Innovation Diploma). September 25, 2015.
  • XLR8 Makers Pilot/Prototype. Dine and Design Maker Evening – new PL offering from MVIFI. Concept test with MVIFI Nucleus and Cell Team + Parker Thomas. September 23, 2015. Co-designer and participant.
  • MVPS School Visit Day. September 18, 2015. Program co-designer and facilitator of Learning Walk Crash Course & Debrief.
  • Atlanta Tech Village, Startup Chowdown. September 4, 2015. Participant with MVIFI sub team.
  • Plywood Presents, Gathering of Problem Solvers. August 19-20, 2015. MVIFI Nucleus and Cell Teams, VIP Table.
  • “Tinkering Fundamentals: A Constructionist Approach to STEM Learning” (Art of Tinkering MOOC from Coursera). August 9 – September 22, 2015. Participant.
  • PBL Workshop with Suzie Boss. August 7, 2015. Co-organizer and participant with MVPS Upper School Faculty and Grade 2 Team.
  • Center for Civic Innovation, Open House. July 21, 2015. Attendee with MVIFI Nucleus Team members.

2014-2015 (Employment: Mount Vernon Presbyterian School)



2013-2014 (Employment: Mount Vernon Presbyterian School)

Professional Learning Documentation: 2013-14

Selected Highlights: 2013-14

2012-2013 (Employment: Unboundary)


1995-2012 (Employment: The Westminster Schools)

360 Degree Review and Feedback: 2011-12 and Earlier

As Bo evolved as an educator and school administrator, he saw himself as not only the principal teacher, but primarily as the principal learner of the Junior High – his passions resided in being a “lead learner” in his division, as well as in the school. At Westminster, Bo fully engaged the Faculty Assessment and Annual Review (FAAR) Plan. Below is a link to a matrix of resources which houses Bo’s annual goals, administrative evaluations, etc.


SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS: 2010-11 (reverse chronology)

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS: 2009-10 (reverse chronology)

  • TEDx Atlanta RE:LEARN, Speaker (“Infrastructural Learner-preneurship”), May 2010, and RE:PURPOSE attendee, January 2010
  • Professional Learning Communities Summit, Solution Tree, February 2010
  • Learning and the Brain Institute: Modern Brains in the Digital Age, November 2009
  • Assessment Summit, Solution Tree, October 2009
  • Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute, Solution Tree, August 2009


  • Leading and Managing the Independent School of the Future. The Principals’ Center. Harvard Graduate School of Education. November 8-11, 2006. Participant.
  • Focus on Accountability. The Principals’ Center. Harvard Graduate School of Education. June 28-July 3, 2004. Participant.

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