John is an activist, athlete, change agent, connector, educator, idea generator, parent, photographer, social entrepreneur, technologist and founding member and current Chief Mobilizing Officer of Citizen Schools. Over the past 17 years at Citizen Schools John has redesigned, and redefined, classroom learning; developed a pipeline for the next generation leaders; created opportunities for all adults to take part in the education of youth in their community; and helped youth create paths towards high school graduation, college, and career success. Citizen Schools helps students develop self-confidence and a zest for learning by achieving mastery and creating products of value to the community. John has helped transform Citizen Schools into a thriving national educational program with over 500 employees, an annual budget of $27 million, and programs in seven states and 16 cities.
If you thought transformational change in education was impossible spend some time chatting with Citizen School's John Werner. There's no magical solution to transforming schools, but Werner understands it’s a complex matrix that involves engaging all players in the system. As our first speaker, his model of collaborative experiential learning set the perfect tone for BIF-7!