John Spencer

spencer profileJohn Spencer is passionate about empowering students to become creative thinkers through design thinking. After spending twelve years as an urban middle school teacher, John is now a full-time professor of Educational Technology and a leader in creativity, design thinking, and student engagement. John has a goal of making something new each day. He is the co-founder of two educational startups and the co-author of a top-selling children’s book.

As a dad, he loves to make stuff with his children; whether it’s writing comics like “Taco Tony,” building a model roller coaster with recycled material, or making a city with Legos (which are awesome until you step on them at four in the morning).

John shares his vision for creative classrooms through his blog (spencerideas.org) and his illustrated videos (sketchyvideos.com). You can connect with him on Twitter (@spencerideas) or on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/EdRethink).

A.J. Juliani

AJ JulianiA.J. Juliani is a leading educator in the area of innovation, design thinking, and inquiry-based learning. Juliani has worked as a Middle and High School English Teacher, a K-12 Technology Staff Developer, and is currently an administrator for a public school district with the title: Education and Technology Innovation Specialist.

A.J. is the author of books centered around student-agency, choice, innovative learning, and engagement. As a parent of four young children, A.J. believes we must be intentional about innovation in order to create a better future of learning for all of our students. You can connect with A.J. on his blog, “Intentional Innovation” (located at ajjuliani.com) or through Twitter (@ajjuliani).