Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor and keynote speaker. As a founding partner of the 21st Century Project, an international consulting group, Ian has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 9,000 presentations. He typically speaks to between 300,000 and 400,000 people a year.
But Ian is an educator first and foremost. His focus has consistently been on the compelling need to restructure our educational institutions so that they become relevant to the current and future needs of children.
His rambunctious, irreverent and highly charged presentations and articles emphasize many of the practical issues related to ensuring that change is meaningful. As a registered educational evangelist, his self-avowed mission in life is to ensure that children are properly prepared for the future rather than society's past. As a result, his material tends to focus on many of the pragmatic issues that provide the essential context for educational restructuring.
"I was ignited by your sessions at the WASDA Convention. Thank you for your passion."
"I attended your recent keynote at the AASA in San Francisco. Simply put that was the greatest, most energetic and thought provoking presentation I have ever experienced in my life. I have come away from the conference affirmed in my silently held beliefs and absolutely inspired to go back to my organization and start doing everything I can to turn our schools around before it's too late."
"You were the shining star of the Summer Institute and the evaluations are full of rave reviews for your presentations."
"I attended a conference today and went to a presentation by Ian Jukes. It was incredible. He did a tremendous job and really opened my eyes, and probably the eyes of everyone there. If instructional paradigms and methods do not change, education in schools will be obsolete and useless as students will have incredible access to information!"
"Over the past eight years I attended a number of national conferences at the peak of technology growth curve, I can honestly say that I cannot recall one workshop or keynote speaker; much less a workshop that had the power to impact my life years later as yours has."
"I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation today at the CiTE conference in Denver. I have attended many educational technology conferences for the past 7 years and your presentation is THE best I have ever heard! You have the ability to entertain while enabling others to personalize and understand existing change and to envision the impact of future changes. I loved it!"
"I had the pleasure of participating in several...OK, ALL of your sessions at the OSPI conference in Seattle last week. As an arts educator, I rarely find that the sessions at this conference challenge my thinking and push me past my already "out there" thoughts on public education, integration and the arts. You have me thinking so hard that my brain hurts! (take that as an ultimate compliment.) I'm thrilled."
"Wonderful! Who can't be enthusiastic about teaching and being a lifelong learner themselves after that presentation."
"Wow! you are amazing! I am in my 43rd year of teaching and wish I could start all over and use what I know now."
"This is one individual whom I would like to listen to many more times. Relevant, interesting and audience - friendly, Jukes has touched on the most relevant aspects of pedagogy. "
"Please thank Ian so much for us and let him know how much we appreciated his presentation! He left a lot of uncomfortable people in his wake, which thrilled me, because he shook them up the way I wanted him to! And he left some glowing believers because finally somebody was saying what they've known in their bones for a long time. THANK YOU!"