Dr. Julie Jones brings years of experience in both general and special education at elementary, middle, and secondary school levels to the Converse classroom. She is a Google Certified Educator, providing regular training for K-12 educators on technology integration, and is an internationally recognized author and speaker for both playful teaching and playful living.

Dr. Jones earned a BA degree in Special Education from Converse College. She earned a MA degree in Educational Administration and School Leadership from the University of South Carolina. She earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Clemson University. In addition to her research on play, Dr. Jones frequently speaks at events to help facilitate a smooth transition of the traditional classroom concept to a digital, one-to-one educational experience. She has also published articles in the fields of instructional technology, school leadership, and validated instructional practices for students who are at risk.

She is the author of the Amazon bestselling professional development book, The Playful Classroom (Wiley- Jossey Bass, 2020) and The Playful Life (Wiley- Jossey Bass, 2022).

At Converse, Dr. Jones teaches courses in K-6 instructional methods and serves as the Director for Student Teaching. In 2021, Dr. Jones received the inaugural Dukes Family Award for Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement.

If you would like information regarding her presentations and publications, please click here to visit Dr. Jones’ website.