Jim Bentley

Jim Bentley
Educator
National Geographic Explorer, Geo-Inquiry Ambassador, and Fellow
Panel: Waterways

Jim Bentley is a lifelong student, educator, and explorer who empowers kids to make the world a better place by integrating environmental literacy, civic education, and filmmaking with project-based learning. Currently, Jim teaches fifth grade in Elk Grove, California. His students compose Curiosity Films, short educational films about things that matter. They have tackled a variety of topics ranging from landscape blight to light pollution, and from household hazardous waste disposal to improving middle school literacy rates. A Buck Institute for Education National Faculty member, he blogs for and consults with numerous edtech organizations and nonprofits. In 2017, he became a National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Ambassador and a National Geographic Fellow. Jim has spent the past two decades exploring big ideas with young people—sometimes leading, sometimes following, yet always recognizing there’s more to learn.