Over the last three years, I have had the opportunity to share practical this vision for creative classrooms with a variety of audiences, including the White House Future Ready Summit, a breakfast keynote at ISTE, and a TEDx Talk.  I’ve been honored to work with schools, districts and organizations through keynotes, workshops, sessions and coaching on the topics of design thinking, blended learning, and student engagement.

I offer the unique perspective of being a published author, the co-founder of a successful startup, a classroom teacher for over a decade, and now a college professor. In other words, I am not only passionate about creativity. I am someone with extensive classroom experience, industry experience, and research experience.

If you are interested in having me speak or present, please email me at and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours!

Presentation, Keynote, or Webinar for Your Conference, Organization, or School

Here are some of the most requested keynotes and workshops. Each session comes with a free, customized toolkit packed with resources for your specific audience.

  • The Creative Classroom: Boosting Creativity and Innovation Through Design Thinking (Keynote and/or Workshop)
  • In the Zone: Maximizing Flow for Student Engagement (Keynote and/or Workshop)
  • It Is Personal: A New Vision for Personalized Learning (Keynote or Workshop)
  • The Future of Literacy (Keynote and/or Workshop)
  • Epic Engagement: Lesson Planning Through the Lens of Story (Keynote and Workshop)
  • Creating a Culture of Engagement From Day One (Keynote and/or Workshop
  • Five Authentic Assessment Strategies You Can Use Tomorrow
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Design Thinking
  • The Five Types of Creative Teachers
  • The Seven Stages in the Technology Journey
  • We Want Kids to Be Creative But How Do We Assess That?
  • Beyond Blogging: The Future of Digital Literacy
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Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing people and companies. If you are interested in having me speak or present, please know that I only take a few of these opportunities per year (as I still work full-time in a school district). Please email me at to get in touch!

Presentation, Keynote, or Webinar for Your Conference, Organization, or School

I’d love to work with your company, organization, or teachers at your school. If you read my blog, book, or any of my writing you’ll know that I’m passionate about:

  • The Power of inquiry and choice (20% time, Genius Hour, Passion Projects, etc)
  • Intentional Innovation in our schools
  • Empowering student engagement
  • Technology with purpose
  • Design Thinking and the Maker Movement in K-12
  • 1:1 initiatives and how to get started
  • Student-centered learning
  • The Future of Learning

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