A.J. Juliani


A.J. Juliani is the Director of Technology and Innovation for Centennial School District. As a former English teacher, coach, and K-12 Technology Staff Developer, A.J. has worked towards innovative learning experiences for students in various roles. A.J. is also an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author of multiple books including the best-selling LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring out the Maker in Every Student.

A.J. Juliani brings a high-energy, fun, and engaging style of presentation through keynotes, full-day workshops, and online professional development offerings. His mix of personal stories from the classroom, real-world examples, and research based insights lead to a learning opportunity for everyone in attendance. A.J. has worked at all levels of the K-12 spectrum and has the lens of a parent as well. He will encourage educators to not only be intentional about innovation, but also focus on how our practice needs to always be centered on the student experience.

Keynotes and Workshops: A.J. Juliani

Many of A.J.’s presentations are created specifically for your event, audience, and school. To get a sense of the topics A.J. presents on most, here are some previous keynote presentations he has done in the past:

Keynote: Intentional Innovation: Empowering Students With Choice and Technology

Learn how my most frustrating and desperate moments as a teacher turned into a pathway to innovation with my students. This talk will take you through a journey of six truths about technology and learning; and it begins by connecting the dots between innovation, inquiry, and engagement.

Keynote: LAUNCH into Design Thinking: How to Bring Out the Maker in Every Student

Creative work can be hard. It can be challenging. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try and plan and incorporate into the classroom. Yet, we know our students are going to have to be more creative than ever to successfully thrive in today’s world. This talk shares how design thinking can provide a structure for creative teaching and learning, and how this process can empower our students to do remarkable work inside our schools right now.

Workshop Session #1: Genius Hour (and 20% Time)  in the Classroom

In January of 2012 I launched the “20% Project (like Google)” in my class. I had no idea at the time how this project would change my teaching forever. Since then I’ve been an advocate for “inquiry-based education” — where students are able to learn what they want to learn in school.

This session brings together my own classroom experience, research in the field, and stories from a variety teachers, leaders, and learners using 20% Time and Genius Hour specifically in the Middle School. Come away with step-by-step guidance on implementing, running, and guiding an inquiry-based learning experience with your students.

Workshop Session #2: The Epic Guide to Student Engagement: Developing Student-Centered Activities with Choice and Inquiry

We all want to engage students at a higher level. But how do we do that?

The key to engagement is high attention and high commitment from our students. However, in order to foster that attention and commitment we must allow students to motivate themselves and each other through choice-based work.

In this workshop, A.J. Juliani will tackle these five strategies that work to engage students at every grade level and inspire innovative work:

attendees after his presentation. This session will benefit K-12 teachers and administrators.

Workshop Session #3: Student-Centered Classrooms for Today’s Student: Engaging All Learners Through Choice, Technology, and Innovative Practices

Our learners today live in a completely different world than we did 25, 15, or even 10 years ago. Students have access to on demand information with the click of a button on their phones. In today’s world, technology is growing exponentially, change is an expected part of our lives, and we have tools that have revolutionized the way we think about teaching and learning.

Yet, on the fundamental level of learning we know that all of this change needs to be channeled for it to have a positive impact on our students and in our classrooms. This session goes into detail on how to build a student-centered classroom that promotes authentic learning experiences for all students.

Attendees will learn:

  • how student-choice fuels engagement
  • how to use technology with a learning purpose
  • what innovative teaching practices impact a diverse set of learners
  • why student-centered classrooms promote equity and ownership of learning

Innovation in education starts with our students. It strengthens relationships, and deepens learning experiences. Student choice and technology allow teachers to build true engagement with all students regardless of their background.

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