Passion Projects & Genius Hour

School on Fire ~ Continuing the Journey

Join us for a free webinar series!

Join us live for a chance to learn with and from educators and on the passion-based, inquiry journey! Recordings will be made available after each session which will run between 45 min-60 min. Stay tuned as we continue to update our speakers, there's more to come!

Denise Krebs

Date: Nov 20

Time: 3:30

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/czcKn9hfmx8





Denise Krebs is a certified K-8 educator and writer. She is currently teaching at a private school in Bahrain, though she also has some Iowa roots! She co-authored The Genius Hour Guidebook and co-moderates the #geniushour chat with Gallit Zvi. She will be giving away a copy of the second edition of their book due to come out in late winter 2020.

Don Wettrick

Date: Nov. 26

Time: 3:30pm

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/uk5Y4hPoxYU


Don Wettrick is the President & Co-Founder of @letsstartedup and author of Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation from Indianapolis, IN.

Cassie Dillon

Date: Dec 2

Time: 3:30

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/yRqYXOu4W5E


Cassie Dillon is a 1st grade teacher at Gilmore City-Bradgate, a district that has been embedding passion projects and problem solving in their curriculum over the last several years.

Matt Murrie

Date: Dec 9

Time: 3:30pm

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/NJMY20Y49fE


Matt Murrie is the Cofounder and Chief Curiosity Curator of What If...? and hosted the "What If...?" Conference for years, using curiosity and the unexpected to change lives. Matt is also the co-author of "The Book of What If?"

Erin Olson

Date: Dec 19

Time: 3:45pm

Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/231616915


Creator of Read, Be Inspired, Act, Erin sees learning as an opportunity for students to connect literacy to service. Erin believes student learning can benefit others. Currently, Erin serves as an instructional leader for Sioux Central.

Trevor MacKenzie

Date: Jan 7

Time: 3:30

Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/9113444584


Instructional coach, ELA teacher, and author of Dive Into Inquiry and Inquiry Mindsets, Trevor believes that it is a magical time to be an educator. By increasing student agency over learning, weaving in strong pedagogy, transformative tech use, and sharing learning to a public audience, Trevor’s learners are ready to take on important roles in the 21st century.

Jennifer Montgomery

Date: Jan 8

Time: 3:30

Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/9113444584


Jennifer is a 7th grade ELA and National Board Certified teacher at Eminence Independent Schools who has been having her students do passion projects for more than 4 years. She believes that these projects have really helped her bond with students across grade levels.

Kerri Holder

Date: Jan. 13

Time: 3:30

Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/9113444584


A Project Lead the Way and special area teacher for grades K-5 at Eminence Independent Schools, Kerri has her students pursue their passions 1 hour a day in the personal passion projects 9 week course.

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