PJ Caposey is a dynamic speaker and a transformational leader and educator. PJ began his career as an award-winning teacher in the inner-city of Chicago and has subsequently led significant change in every administrative post he has held. PJ became a principal at the tender age of 28 and within three years was able to lead a small-town/rural school historically achieving near the bottom of its county to multiple national recognitions. After four years, PJ moved to his current district, Meridian CUSD 223, as superintendent and has led a similar turnaround leading to multiple national recognitions for multiple different efforts.
PJ is a sought after keynote presenter, consultant, and provider of professional development and has recently keynoted several national conferences specializing in time management, the tyranny of the status quo, school culture, continuous improvement, social media, and teacher evaluation.
PJ has written 7 books for various publishers and his work has been published online for sites such as ASCD, Edutopia, and the Huffington Post. He works in the Education Department of two universities and in a myriad of capacities with the Illinois Principal’s Association including Principal Coach and author of the first complete stack of MicroCredentials offered in Illinois.
PJ conducts training on a variety of topics including leading change, making teacher evaluations meaningful, communication, time management, and making paradigm shifts in education.
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We all have one opportunity to live our life and too many of us are just going through the motions and not maximizing our one opportunity to be awesome.

"I had the privilege of hearing PJ speak at an IPA Admin Academy on the use of social media in schools. Not only was he knowledgeable and passionate about the topic, but his delivery left you feeling motivated and wanting more as an educator. His ability to incorporate tangible solutions provided support that I could immediately put into place. His accessibility and willingness to provide additional resources has truly been an asset to our school."

DOUG OWENS, Assistant Principal: Tri-C Elementary School

  • The Tyranny of The Status Quo

  • Making Evaluation Meaningful

  • The Evolution of Education

  • Communication 2020: Leveraging Social Media to Tell Your Story

  • Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You

  • FullyCharged: A Guide to Personal and Professional SEL

Keynotes, Workshops, & Sessions: 

The Tyranny of The Status Quo

This motivational and thought-provoking session challenges educators to begin leading change in their own lives, classrooms, and schools immediately. The presentation hits on several practical changes that can be made immediately and also presents several paradigms that must be internally challenged in order to create long-term personal and organizational change and growth. Start right now and make a difference.

As a result of the session participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate their personal practices and whether they match their stated ambitions
  2. Analyze ways in which they are perpetuating their personal status quo

Making Evaluation Meaningful

Teacher evaluation is an incredibly resource hungry proposition that has yielded little systematic growth. Thus, the entire process should be re-thought. This presentation helps to take a complex and controversial subject and distill into actionable pieces that make the process work for both the evaluator and teacher.

As a result of the session participants will be able to:

  1. Create an evaluation system that preserves the portions of the process that are working and abandons those that take time and do not add value
  2. Reimagine what a pre-conference could and should look like
  3. Analyze what the purpose of teacher evaluation is compared to the product it is currently producing

The Evolution of Education

This presentation focuses on the paradigm shifts necessary to move from a traditional curriculum and instructional strategies to one that meets the needs of 21st century learners. The presentation also provides 11 strategies a teacher can use to transform their classroom from traditional to student-centered. Most teachers would assert that their classroom is already driven by students, but when exposed to these practical and easy-to-implement strategies it becomes clear that growth is not only necessary, but most importantly abundantly possible.

This presentation was featured in a TedX talk and is also available as an Administrator Academy in Illinois.

As a result of this session participants will able to:

  1. Evaluate their own practices to a framework of traditional, student-centered, and personalized practices
  2. Create lessons around several easy-to-implement to strategies
  3. Predict what the future of school will look like and their role in making this dream a reality
  4. Chart a path to personalized learning for all kids

    Communication 2020: Leveraging Social Media to Tell Your Story

    This presentation helps educators understand the evolution of social media and the impact it is playing on our society. The thesis emphasized throughout the presentation is to meet our students and parents where they already are is designed to create a sense of urgency. Education is evolving and this presentation helps educators embrace the ever-changing world of social media.

    In Illinois this is also available as an Administrator Academy. 

    Also VERY POPULAR as a secondary presentation for parents.

    As a result of this presentation attendees will be able to: 

    1. Analyze their fears holding them back from a more pronounced social media presence
    2. Evaluate the ideal strategies for engagement on multiple platforms
    3. Leverage social media to enhance their personal brand or to tell their school’s story

    Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You

    Time management is not a thing. Really, it is not. The key is self-management - but we do not like to confront the brutal facts. This emotional, inspirational, and intellectually challenging presentation is sure to impact you. This session will not speak directly to your educational practice, but undoubtedly will improve your performance as you learn to be more efficient and effective.

    As a result of attending this session you will be able to:

    1. Evaluate your use of time compared to your personal goals and dreams
    2. Analyze how your inner-voice is either propelling your to success or creating guilt and holding your back
    3. Leverage multiple tips you can use the next day to become more efficient and effective in your work.

    Keynote Session: $5,000 (+ travel)
    1 Day Workshop: $5,000 (+ travel)
    2 Day Workshop: $8,500 (+travel)