A.J. Juliani left me feeling hopeful, motivated and alive because I was definitely on the struggle bus, but now I'm on lets-do-this bus!!!
A.J. Juliani serves as Faculty for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PLN) and former Director of Learning and Innovation for Centennial School District. As an English teacher, football coach, and K-12 Technology Staff Developer, A.J. has worked towards innovative learning experiences for schools in various roles. A.J. is also an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author of multiple books, including the best-sellers Empower and Launch.
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 (of four crazy kids) 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.
Featured Keynote Programs
Empathy Every Day
The Most Important 21st Century Skill
From teacher, parent, and author A.J. Juliani, comes a new talk filled with stories of empathy in action, inspired by real the lives of real people from the past and the present. The goal here is simple: Take time to listen and learn about empathy, so we can better lead when given the opportunity.
What Happens When Students Own Their Learning
Kids begin their learning journey as curious problem solvers who ask questions and create solutions. As they go through school, something happens to many of our students, and they begin to play the game of school, eager to be compliant and follow a path instead of making their own. As teachers, leaders, and parents, we have the opportunity to be the guide in our kids' education and unleash the creative potential of each and every student. In a world that is ever changing, our job is not to prepare students for something; instead, our role is to help students prepare themselves for anything.
LAUNCH into Design Thinking
How to Bring Out the Maker in Every Subject
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 workshop 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.
How To Turn Any Unit Into a Project-Based Learning Experience
In this brand new talk from A.J. Juliani, he walks attendees through the 5-Step process for authentic learning experiences (that hit standards and your curriculum). Learn how to start from a place of relevance, choose standards that learners can master, scaffold and structure creatively, and assess the process, learning and final product in meaningful ways. Attendees will leave inspired, motivated, and also ready to practically take on the challenge of authentic project-based learning.
I will never forget meeting this awesome guest speaker! A.J. Juliani is a true advocate for student learning and passionate about every bit of it! His humor mixed with his knowledge and experience has truly impacted me today. Thanks to FCS Vanguard for having him here today!
Hands down the best keynote speaker to kick off the new school year! So inspirational!
By far the best Keynote speaker we've had on opening day! Thank you for the inspiration/motivation A.J. Juliani.
When I see you in action, I always think of Maya Angelou's quote that hung on my classroom door, probably yours too. "At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel." People are drawn to you not only because of your enthusiasm, but because they can personally connect with you. You're one of us, and we feel that.
I laughed, I cried, (okay teared up) & walked out energized! Thanks, A.J. Juliani for starting off our 2 days of PD with a bang!
Standing ovation for A.J. Juliani at Innovative Education Colorado Keynote!
Passion is exploding as A.J. Juliani speaks & connects with the room on so many levels - teacher, parent, collaborators, mentor.
I really can't explain how awesome A.J. Juliani is! Inspiring, funny and more importantly, making me reflect on my practice.
I laughed, I cried - this was one of the best keynotes I've ever been to! Excited to get back to school to empower my learners with choice.
AJ Juliani's keynote had it all..truth, laughs, tears, inspiration. The best I've heard in a very long time!