Jon keynotes, leads and designs Professional Learning experiences all over the country and is a Google Certified Innovator, has been a Lead Learner for a Google Teacher Academy, and is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and has facilitated sessions in Final Cut Pro for the 2013 Apple Institute in Austin, TX. Jon was the co-designer of Minarets High School, which has been named an Apple Distinguished School three times. Jon has been named a CUE Gold Disk Recipient, Madera County Teacher of the Year, and CVCUE Teacher of the Year. Jon has served as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of Technology at the county level. Jon’s last district was selected as a Future Ready District, implementing 1:1 from 7th grade up, adding coding, 3d printing, PBL and Minecraft Edu in all K-8 schools, among other notable innovative activities.
Jon, a “formerly disgruntled student”, shares a little about himself and his background in advertising and playing college football for a nationally ranked Division 1 team, Fresno State University (2:57)
Jon talks about his work with CUE, the biggest and first education technology conference in the state of California, and how he came to be a part of CUE (5:07)
Jon describes the Rock Star Camps that he created at CUE, which bring together all the “crazy teachers” out there who are really pushing the limits when it comes to creativity and innovation in teaching (6:35)
Jon’s long and winding career path – from graduating from college with a degree in advertising, through beginning his teaching career on April Fool’s Day with an emergency certification, to becoming the education leader and innovator he is today (14:55)
When and why Jon decided to from teaching into administration – the quote from a Tom Peters book that inspired him to make the change (19:58)
Some of the struggles Jon has dealt with over the course of his education career (22:44)
Jon’s surprising advice for teachers and admins whose bosses aren’t open-minded about innovation and taking risks (24:15)
How to convince reluctant administrators to shake things up if you can’t follow Jon’s first piece of advice in these kinds of situations (26:30)
How to be a change agent the right way – be a ninja, not a rebel, and take the long view (27:15)
A couple of Jon’s favorite experiences in his career, including being a part of creating a brand new high school from scratch (32:36)
The best leadership advice Jon has ever received – it came from his wife (37:00)
Jon’s advice to school administrators on working with the students that you serve – listen to your students (39:55)
Jon’s advice to school administrators on working with the teachers that you serve – don’t try to force teachers to change (42:24)
Here’s the advice Jon would give his younger self if he could travel back in time to when he was just starting out in education (45:40)
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