About Jon

About Jon

jonHelpingJon is a teacher, educational coach, and writer who has had the privilege of helping educators “turn learning on its head.”

Jon, along with Aaron Sams, is considered a pioneer in the Flipped Class Movement.  He spent 24 years as a middle and high school science teacher before becoming the lead technology facilitator for a school district in the Chicago suburbs.   Today Jon is dedicated to writing, speaking and otherwise promoting the flipped classroom concept.  Jon helped found the Flipped Learning Network, a non-profit organization which provides resources and research about flipped learning.

In 2002, Jon received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching; and in 2010, he was named Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year. He serves on the advisory board for TED-Education. In 2013 he, along with Aaron Sams was one of Tech & Learning’s 10 Most Influential of 2013.   He serves on the advisory board for TED-Education. In 2014 he, along with Aaron Sams, are nominees for the Brock International Prize for Education.

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Jon is the father of three amazing young people and is happily married to the love of his life.

What Jon is Doing Now

Currently, Jon helps educators and corporations turn learning on its head by bringing flipped learning into schools and organizations. He continues to write about education both on his blog and in books. He co-wrote the book, Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day with Aaron Sams. The book is jointly published by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). Their second book will be released sometime in 2014. Jon is also the author (or co-author) for a variety of educational publications.

Jon also contributes to a popular YouTube channel, which contains videos he has used with his students in the flipped classroom. The videos are mostly chemistry, astronomy, and space science videos.

He has keynoted at many conferences and has gotten great feedback from participants about his engaging style and meaningful dialogue about how to transform schools and organizations.

He has keynoted at: BETT 2013, BETT 2014,  Fall CUE 2012, Wisconsin Academic Forum, Numerous Flipped Learning Network Events, FlipCon 1-6, Learning Technologies MENA (Dubai), Wisconsin Technology Initiative, Tec Monterrey (Mexico), Tec Milenio (Mexico), Tech Forum New York 2013, eLearning Stragegies Symposium 2013, Learning & the Brain Conference 2013

In addition, Jon has worked with schools of every level and type to help them rethink and redefine what schools should look like in the 21st Century.  

He has also consulted with corporations which are interested in applying the principles of flipped learning to corporate training.