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Bio:
Jared Colley chairs the English Department at The Oakridge School where he also teaches literature and humanities courses in the upper division. A Texas native, he studied English and philosophy at University of Texas at Austin before receiving his M.A. at NYU in critical theory with a specific focus on interdisciplinary studies. For many years, Jared taught literature and history at various independent schools both in New York and in Oklahoma before pursuing his current career opportunity at Oakridge. A frequent speaker at various conferences across the nation, Jared enjoys presenting on topics like gamification, online collaboration, rhizomatic learning, and innovative writing instruction, and as a consultant, he has had the opportunity to assist schools with rethinking classroom design and innovation. During the 2016-17 school year, Jared served both as an ISTE reviewer for the annual summer conference and as a senior committee organizer for the 2017 LLI Southwest Conference. Most recently, he was named an OESIS Network Leader and will be helping lead the initiative to expand opportunities for personalized professional development in pertnership with the Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools. 

In terms of research, Jared is constantly exploring the potential connections among the following topics: contemporary French philosophy, brain science, and andragogic approaches to learning. Most importantly, Jared does what he does because he is passionately committed to the joyful work of building relationships with students both in and outside the classroom.

"Whoever teaches without emancipation stultifies. Whoever emancipates doesn’t have to worry about what the emancipated person learns."  –J. Ranciere

Previous Speaking Engagements:

Presentations:
"Rethinking School Organization: A Grassroots Perspective" - ATLIS Annual Conference - Los Angeles, CA - April 23, 2017

"Collaborative Deep Reading" - 2017 LLI Southwest Conference - The Oakridge School in Arlington, TX - February 23, 2017

"Community is the Curriculum: Getting Students to Write Across Campuses" - TCTELA Annual Conference - Fort Worth, TX - January 21, 2017

"Connecting Writing with Authentic Audiences" - TCTELA Annual Conference - Fort Worth, TX - January 21, 2017

"Pwning the Humanities: Gamification in the Classroom" - TCTELA Annual Conference - Fort Worth, TX - January 21, 2017

"Writing Across the Curricula at The Oakridge School" - TCTELA Annual Conference - Fort Worth, TX - January 20, 2017

"Connecting Writing with Authentic Audiences" - Lausanne Learning Institute - Memphis, Tn - July 12, 2016

"Writing Across the Curricula at The Oakridge School" - Lausanne Learning Institute - Memphis, TN - July 12, 2016

"Rhizomatic Learning and Disrupting School Silos" - Lausanne Learning Institute - Memphis, TN - July 11, 2016

"Collaboration, Community, & Joy!" - TCEA Area 7 Technology Conference - White Oak, TX - June 10, 2016

"Pwning the Humanities: Gamification in the Classroom" - TCEA Area 7 Technology Conference - White Oak, TX - June 10, 2016

"The Psychology of Gamification: Activating Engaged Learning in Real Classrooms" - Independent Curriculum Group - Online Webinar - April 19, 2016

"Pwning the Humanities: Gamification in the Classroom" - OESIS Conference - Los Angeles, CA - February 2016

"Using Tech Tools to Build Collaborative Communities" - ITEC Conference 2015 - Des Moines, Iowa - October 2015

"Pwning the Humanities: Gamification in the Classroom" - OESIS Conference - Boston, MA - October 2015

"Collaborating Across Campuses" - Lausanne Learning Institute - Memphis, TN - July 2015

"Collaboration, Community, & Joy" - Lausanne Learning Institute - Memphis, TN - July 2015

"Flip, Game, & Post: Innovating the English Classroom" - ESC Region 11's Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference - Fort Worth, TX - June 2015

"From Anxiety to Joy: Discussing the Emotional & Technological Anatomy of 21st Century Collaboration" - EduCon 2.7 - Philadelphia, PA - January 2015

"A Tale of Three Classrooms: Why We Read, Write, & Think for Each Other" - K12 Online Conference: Igniting Innovation - Web-based Presentation - October 2014

"Making the Professional Personal: PLNs for 21st Century Education" - ASQ's National Quality Education Conference: Keys to 21st Century Learning - Milwaukee, WI - November 2013

"Reinventing Collaboration in the 21st Century: How and Why We Read, Write, & Think for Each Other" - NCTE Annual Convention: (Re)Inventing the Future of English - Boston, MA - November 2013

"21st Century Collaboration in and beyond the Classroom: How Three Schools Formed Learning Communities" - SummerSpark - St. John's School in Houston, TX - June 2013

"Making Writing Meaningful for 21st Century Students: How and Why We Read, Write, & Think for Each Other" - SummerSpark - St. John's School in Houston, TX - June 2013

"Transcending Isolation: How Three Schools Reached Out, Formed Learning Communities, & Collaborated Beyond the Classroom" - Independent Curriculum Group: Fostering a Culture of Conversation - Episcopal School of Dallas in Dallas, TX - January 2013

Workshops:
"Pwning the Learning: Implementing Gamification in the Classroom" - ATLIS Annual Conference - Los Angeles, CA - April 23, 2017

"Gamifying the Classroom: A Workshop Sponsored by Schoology" - Lausanne Learning Institute - Memphis, TN - July 2015

Panels:
"English Teachers & Innovative Practices" - OESIS Conference - Los Angeles, CA - February 2016

Keynotes:
"Breaking Down the Silo Mentality - A Grassroots Movement" - OESIS Conference - Los Angeles, CA - February 23, 2016

"All Teachers Can Write, & All Teachers Can Teach Writing" - Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy's In-Service Training on Writing Instruction - The Woodlands, TX - October 2015

Consultancies:
Consulted Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy about matters related to curricular alignment, writing instruction, and meaningful tech integration - The Woodlands, TX - January 2015

Conference Organizer:
2017 LLI Southwest Learning Conference - The Oakridge School (in partnership with Lausanne Learning Institute - Arlington, TX - February 23-24, 2017

2017 Frankenstein Colloquium: Frankenstein 200 Years Later - The Oakridge School - Arlington, TX - January 30, 2017

2014 Richard III Colloquium: Rediscover Richard III, Celebrating Shakespeare's Play as Literature, History, and Drama - The Oakridge School - Arlington, TX - March 21, 2014

2013 Dubliners Colloquium: Celebrating the Centennial - The Oakridge School - Arlington, TX - February 6, 2013

Contact Information for Future Speaking Engagements:

Jared Colley
Chair, English Department
The Oakridge School
817.451.4994 ext. 2710
jcolley@theoakridgeschool.org 
@jcolley8



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