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I'm A.J. Juliani. As a father of four crazy kids, author, and a public school teacher turned Director of Innovation I'm sharing strategies, resources, interviews, rants, and practical ways to innovate right now. We look at all the innovative solutions you wish they taught you in grad school, and how to bring back creativity into our schools today (oh, and we definitely have fun while doing it!).

I'm A.J. Juliani. As a father of four crazy kids, author, and a public school teacher turned Director of Innovation I'm sharing strategies, resources, interviews, rants, and practical ways to innovate right now. We look at all the innovative solutions you wish they taught you in grad school, and how to bring back creativity into our schools today (oh, and we definitely have fun while doing it!).
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I'm A.J. Juliani. As a father of four crazy kids, author, and a public school teacher turned Director of Innovation I'm sharing strategies, resources, interviews, rants, and practical ways to innovate right now. We look at all the innovative solutions you wish they taught you in grad school, and how to bring back creativity into our schools today (oh, and we definitely have fun while doing it!).

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How to Take Risks in a System Not Built For It (Learning From Elon Musk)

11/6/2017
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While John Spencer and I were developing the LAUNCH Cycle, we came up with a few areas that were likely stumbling blocks in the creative (design-thinking inspired) process. One of the keys to the Launch Cycle is taking the time to Look, Listen, and Learn throughout the entire process (that is the L in the LAUNCH acronym). In talking with George Couros about the Launch Cycle we had a good conversation about when it was appropriate to share that learning. The quick answer: all the time....

Duration:00:16:50

How to ACTUALLY Do Project Based Learning

10/8/2017
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An Interview with Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy of Hacking Project Based Learning. We talk about the HOW, not just the WHY of PBL.

Duration:00:27:48

Learning From One of the Most Innovative Schools in the Country

9/14/2017
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I had the chance a while back to interview Bo Adams from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Bo is the Chief Learning and Innovation Officer at MVPS and Executive Director of MVIFI. He has a wonderful story to tell about Mount Vernon and his own personal journey into this current role and work. Listen to hear how MVPS continues to lead the way with a heart for empathy, and a focus on inquiry, impact, and innovation.

Duration:00:37:25

10 Practical Ways to Innovate in Any Classroom

9/8/2017
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I received a number of emails and questions about what types of “innovative work” I’ve seen in my role as a teacher, administrator, and speaker around the country. To be honest, there has been so much great work I’ve witnessed in my own district and traveling that it is hard to share it all. I’ve widdled it down to ten (because that seems like a solid number right?). These are some of the examples I share when doing workshops and working with teachers because I know they work and there are...

Duration:00:14:15

Are we preparing students to be Chefs or Cooks?

9/8/2017
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Usually, when I write a blog post it is because I want to dig deeper into a topic and explore its merit. The post then becomes my way of explaining to myself, and to anyone who reads it, the underlying ideas and what my thoughts, experiences, and takeaways are on the topic. This post is different. Today I want to talk about one of the most important topics to me: the future of our children. But I’m not going to dive into this topic by myself. I’m not going to cover it in a huge four-part...

Duration:00:18:50

Starting a Student Innovation Lab (How We Did It At My School)

9/8/2017
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DT Phase Activity Empathy/ Look and Learn Visit #1: The Science Behind our Brains and What People Care About. Team-Building Activity: Escape the Room Objective: Identifying problems and who those problems impact. Researching Visit #2: Effective research and study design How to Make Toast Objective: A plan of action for researching ideas and defining/refining their audience needs. Ideating Visit #3: Navigating Ideas from a Brainstormed List Whiteboard Activity Objective: Come...

Duration:00:16:59

Who Decides What is Innovative?

9/1/2017
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I was talking with a teacher in my school district yesterday who said, “I just don’t know if we should try this again in class. It seems like lots of people online have already done it, and I read a few blog posts that really criticized it.” I asked her, “Well, how did it work for you and your students the first time?” “It was great,” she said. “The kids enjoyed it and want to do it again. But a lot of people think it’s all fun and games, not necessarily any substance to it.” I asked...

Duration:00:11:56