Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing people, schools, and conferences. I’ve spoken at the White House, given a TEDx Talk, and delivered keynotes in Australia, the Netherlands, and China.

If you are interested in having me speak or present, please know that I only take a few of these opportunities per month (as I still work full-time as a professor)

Please fill out the form below or email me at john@spencerauthor.com to get in touch!

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LAUNCH Into Design Thinking
Despite the myth of “digital natives,” most of my students have very little experience using technology as anything more than a consumer device. It doesn’t have to be this way. By using a design thinking framework, teachers can foster creative thinking in every content area and help students develop a maker mindset. Learn more.

Empower: What Happens When Students Own the Learning
Student choice is about more than just a menu option. It’s about student ownership. This includes ownership of the processes, the assessment, the strategies, and the metacognition. But how do we make this happen? How do we fit this into our standards and our curriculum map? Learn more.

Project-Based Learning for All
PBL can seem daunting when you have time constraints, standards, and a curriculum map. Often, the push for better test scores and “basic skills” means certain students (English Langauge Learners, Special Education students) fail to have access to these projects. However, PBL can work for all students and in this workshop or keynote, I lay out the blueprint for making this a reality. Learn more.

This is the Future of Education
For all the talk of gadgets and apps, the future of education won’t center around a new content delivery system. The future is in your classroom. It’s with your students. Your school is packed with creative potential. In this keynote, we tackle what the future of education will look like as we shift toward creativity and innovation.

Vintage Innovation 
The best way to prepare students for the future is to empower them in the present. In this keynote or workshop, we explore what it means to use vintage ideas, tools, and strategies in new and relevant ways. Here, we focus on innovation as a focus on “what is best” rather than “what is next.”

Different from Day One
Often, new teachers want to empower their students and launch student-centered learning. However, they default to a more traditional teaching approach. In this workshop or keynote, we focus on what it means to use the “new teacher card” as an invitation for innovation. We focus on how to think differently about instruction, assessment, and classroom culture. I provide specific strategies and structures included in the New Teacher Toolkit.

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Project-Based Learning

As a teacher, I used design thinking for over a decade and spoke at the White House about one of our multidisciplinary projects. As a professor, I work with pre-service and currrent classroom teachers to help them launch PBL in multiple subject areas.

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Empowering Students with Voice and Choice

My journey as a teacher has been from a focus on engagement to a focus on empowerment. I love to share the stories, mistakes, and insights I’ve had along this journey. I also share practical tools and strategies you can use tomorrow to shift toward student empowerment.

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Design Thinking

I co-wrote the book Launch with A.J. Juliani. We are the founders of the LAUNCH Cycle, a student-friendly K-12 design thinking framework. As a maker and an entreprenreur, I am passionate about human-centered creativity and design thinking.

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Design Thinking, PBL, and Empower Tour in Hong Kong

Workshops and Keynotes in Hong Kong (October 21-25)

Getting Started with Design Thinking

Workshop in Colorado (September 26, 2019)

Launch into Design Thinking

Keynote at IBARMS in Colorado (September 25, 2019)

We Want Students to Be Creative But How Do We Assess It?

Sessions at Annual Education Innovation Summit in Arkansas (September 23-24)

Getting Started with Design Thinking

Workshop in Kansas (September 19, 2019)

Launch into Design Thinking

Keynote and Sessions at GT Conference in Texas (September 3, 2019)

Empowering Students with Voice and Choice

Workshop in New Brunswick (August 20, 2019)

The Seven Types of Creative Teacehrs

Sessions in New Brunswick (August 28, 2019)

Empowering Students with Voice and Choice

Keynote at ASDW in New Brunswick (August 27, 2019)

This Is the Future of Education

Keynote and Workshops at the Explore, Create, Empower Conference in Melbourne, Australia (August 1-2, 2019)

July: Teaching the Entire Month (no speaking engagements)

Getting Started with Design Thinking

Full-Day Workshop in South Carolina (June 17, 2019)

Empower Students with Voice and Choice

Keynote in Indiana (June 6, 2019)

Launch Into Design Thinking

2-Day Workshop for the Winward District in Hawaii (May 21-22, 2019)

Getting Started with Design Thinking

Keynote and Sessions in Texas (May 2019)

Different By Design

Full-Day Workshop for CTE Teachers in the Battleground School District, Washington (May 1, 2019)

Launch Into Design Thinking

Full-Day Workshop, Cherry Creek School District, Colorado (April 23, 2019)

Empowering Students with Voice and Choice

Full-Day Workshop, Boytertown, Pennsylvania (April 17, 2019)

Empowering Students with Voice and Choice

Germantown Academy, Pennysylvania (April 12, 2019)

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