The Empowered Classroom with John Spencer

In this episode, former middle school teacher, best-selling author, and current college professor Dr. John Spencer shares insights from his work around design thinking, project-based learning, and deeper learning strategies to promote creativity and wonder in schools. From his two most popular books – Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student and Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning – Spencer talks about the power of his Launch Cycle that creates a streamlined process to help students move from asking big questions to ultimately creating a prototype and presenting final projects to a public audience. Twitter: @SpencerIdeas.

Meet Dr. John Spencer
Dr. John Spencer is a former middle school teacher and current college professor on a quest to transform schools into bastions of creativity and wonder. He is the co-author of Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student and the founder of two ed-tech start-ups. In 2009, he spoke at the White House, sharing a vision for how to empower students to be future-ready through creativity and design thinking. His work has been featured in Kappan Magazine, The Answer Sheet, Slate, and Edutopia. Website: www.spencerauthor.com. www.rocketpd.com

About Dr. Greg Goins
As the Founder/Host of the Reimagine Schools Podcast, Dr. Greg Goins has emerged as one of the nation’s leading voices on visionary leadership and the path to transforming our schools. He currently serves as the Director of the Educational Leadership Program at Georgetown College (KY) and previously spent 15 years as a school district superintendent in Illinois. Dr. Goins is a passionate keynote speaker and is available to speak at your next education conference or school PD day. To book Dr. Goins, please send inquiries to drgreggoins@gmail.com.  Twitter: @DrGregGoins.

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