Student Genius Hour

Self-Paced Professional Development Course

What is Genius Hour?

How do companies like Google come up with the amazing things they do? It may be as simple as being given time to be creative and explore new options. Google is famous for its "20% Time" concept, which has been adopted by many corporate businesses. Here's how Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin describe it: "We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects, to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google. This empowers them to be more creative and innovative. Many of our significant advances have happened in this manner." Rumor has it that huge successes like Google News and Gmail were born out of time designated to innovation.

20% Time has made its way into education, rebranded as "Genius Hour". It can be time given to teachers to research and develop new and innovative teaching practices or can be taken to the students - giving them an hour a week to work on any project that interests and challenges them.

This course will focus on preparing and implementing Genius Hour with your students. See Genius Hour for Teachers for a guide through your own project for professional growth.

How can I use it to enhance & transform my classroom?

Providing Genius Hour time for your students will foster important traits such as creativity, innovation, problem solving, organization, self-discipline and organization - all while encouraging them to pursue their passions. What could be more transforming?

What are other educators saying about it?

Genius Hour is not for everyone. Take a moment to read some reflections from other teachers who have tried this to determine if this is the right path for you.

Self-Paced Training

Things to Read and Watch


Implementing a student Genius Hour is a major undertaking. Send me a quick email to let me know you've accepted that challenge so I can support you. Include anything you need from me, even if it is just an extra body for your first day to help manage everything. I'd love to see your students in action if you're willing to let me stop by.

What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom
Genius Hour - What's It All About?
A little inspiration...
A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

Take The Course

Genius Hour guru, A.J. Juliani, has prepared a FREE four-part course entitled "The Complete Guide to 20% Time (and Genius Hour) in the Classroom". It will give you everything you need to know about implementing this innovative concept. It also includes a huge number of free resources to help save you time and ensure success. It's simple to sign up and you'll receive an email with your access to your first module (be sure to check your spam folder if you're not finding it.) This will also sign you up to receive A.J.'s newsletter for continued support and access to new resources.

Plan and Prepare with These Helpful Sites and Resources


When you feel you're prepared, take that brave step and launch Genius Hour with your students. Be sure to keep notes on what works well, things that need improvement and your general reflections.

Get your badge and PGP Certificate!

Complete the form below to show what you've learned and accomplished! Once reviewed, you'll receive your badge and PGP certificate.

  • PGP hours for Genius Hour vary depending on the time it takes you personally to put this together and implement it in your classroom.
  • Submit this form when you have finished researching, planning, and implementing the first round of Genius Hour projects with your students (when at least half of your class has presented their projects)

(Sorry.... these are only available to Southwest Parke staff.)

Rachel Porter

I'd love to support your Genius Hour efforts in any way I can. Please contact me if I can help.