Summer Series of Education 'Jamf Sessions' Launched - JOIN FOR FREE

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This summer, Jamf has pulled together some extraordinary and inspiring voices to collaborate with educators. The series began on July 14 and continues every Wednesday (with some HiEd Thursdays!) throughout the summer. Our focus for these 'Jamf Sessions' is to create an engaging learning opportunity for K-20 educators to learn, share and grow. The series' name is a play on 'Jam Sessions' in music or poetry circles, which are (of course) fun, collaborative and often impromptu. We hope to encourage the same lively engagement with our attendees and have chosen speakers to galvanize our educational customers and prepare them for the coming year.

After the past year and a half of COVID, we felt educators are in need of three key things: appreciation, inspiration and loads of resources, strategies and frameworks. In our development process, we were also inspired by Isabelle Hau’s insightful EdSurge article calling out the ‘Three-headed Crisis’ of education.

This article outlines three key areas in which students (and those that support them) are in need of support:

  1. Mental Health Crisis
  2. Empathy and Human Connection Crisis
  3. Creativity Crisis

We were astonished in reading this article, as it hits upon the key areas we’d focused on while developing our summer series. 


Here’s the line-up - sign up for one, or follow the ‘tour’ all summer long!


July 21, 11am CT – All Aboard the Peace Train: How Storytelling Can Cultivate Compassionate & Creative Learners Who Wil...

Join New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds (The Dot, I Am Human, Be You, The Word Collector, Say Something) for a reading of Peace Train - his new storybook collaboration with Cat Stevens - and hear how storytelling - and creation - can lead to breakthrough moments in the classroom and in your personal life. Peter hopes that his stories, art, animated films and books about activating one’s creativity, and courage will leave his fellow kindred spirits inspired and recharged to realize their true potential - especially during this challenging time.

The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of the book Peace Train, written by Cat Stevens, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Published in 2021 by Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.


July 28, 12pm CT – Evolving Learner: Inquiry-Based Learning in Any Setting
  • Lainie Rowell, Innovative Learning Consultant, Author, Apple Distinguished Educator
  • Dr. Emily Froese, Education Leadership Executive, Jamf
  • Mike Lawrence, Education Leadership Executive, Jamf & Apple Distinguished Educator

How can we engage learners in a community of inquiry? The 3 Ds (Discover, Discuss, Demonstrate) learning model is designed to facilitate deeper learning, increase student motivation and nurture the social-emotional well-being of all. Presented by Jamf, the gold standard in Apple device management, learn how to create a learning environment that eliminates the ‘paradox of choice’ through Jamf Teacher. Join Lainie Rowell, Innovative Learning Consultant, to learn, share and grow!

The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of the book "Evolving Learner: Shifting From Professional Development to Professional Learning From Kids, Peers, and the World" by Lainie Rowell, Kristy Andre, and Lauren Steinman published by Corwin in 2020.


​​​​​​BONUS TUESDAY: August 3, 11am CT - Secure Your Macs in the Hands of Learners*
Join us for this insightful session exploring how to secure your campus Macs while empowering learning for K12 students. Learn how expert educators have set up 1:1 environments successfully and securely to support immersive teaching and learning. Join Matt Woodruff and K12 experts for an engaging panel on K12 security.

All attendees will receive a free waffle making kit!

Taylor Mali, a TED “Best of the Web” speaker, has done little more than write & perform poetry—and teach others to do the same—since 2000. His poems “are clear. They are almost always hysterically funny, often sentimental, appealing, accessible. And smart” (Bob Holman). He is a vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching, having taught in one capacity or another since 1990.

The first 100 attendees will receive a set of Metaphor Dice, the writing tool that plays like a game.


August 5, 11am CT – Student Success in Higher Education*


August 11, 11am CT – The Power of “Why”: Challenge-Based Learning Overview

Taking time to fully and collectively understand the “why” not only builds ownership and increases the chance for a meaningful and sustainable solution, but it sustains us through the hard work of change. If we do not have a clear and shared answer for “why” we are going to struggle when the going gets tough. How many lessons have you experienced where teachers and students end up frustrated, angry, and disillusioned because they really do not understand the “why”? Instead of the “one more thing” overload feeling that many educators feel over new initiatives— learn how can this needed pause help build the buy-in from everyone, help align the purposes to create a collective essential why and demonstrate how all the pieces fit together. With Apple and Jamf, students can unlock their own genius.

NOTE: This session will not be made available on-demand - you must attend in-person to participate!


​​​​​​August 12, 11am CT - Results of the Higher Education Total Cost of Ownership Study*
  • Presenter TBD
  • Dr. Emily Froese, Education Leadership Executive, Jamf
  • Mike Lawrence, Education Leadership Executive, Jamf & Apple Distinguished Educator


August 18, 11am CT – K12 Customer Showcase on Jamf School*
  • Presenter TBD
  • Dr. Emily Froese, Education Leadership Executive, Jamf
  • Mike Lawrence, Education Leadership Executive, Jamf & Apple Distinguished Educator


August 25-September 22, 11am CT – Using Design Thinking to Build Trust & Unleash Creativity (five-part series)

Join us for this special five-part workshop on design thinking in education, learning how to use it to build trust in the classroom, boardroom and in your education community. World-renowned Educator, Podcaster and Social Scientist Sabba Quidwai will join forces with Jamf’s own Mike Lawrence, Education Leadership Executive and Apple Distinguished Educator to explore a practical approach to implementing design thinking principles in your learning environment. The sessions will be held primarily in Twitter Spaces, with an optional back-channel in Zoom for visual and text engagement. All sessions to be recorded and shared with attendees. Team participation is welcome.

All attendees will receive a waffle-making kit gift!


August 26, 11am CT – Secure the What? Protecting Macs in HiEd
  • Alvin L. Bridges III, Manager of Computer Operations, Mesa Community College, AZ
  • Matt Woodruff, Business Development Executive, Jamf

Join us for a journey to understanding this new world of rapidly increasing need to protect your institution against ransomware and malware. Every university and college is receiving notification from law enforcement that ransomware hitting higher education is on the rise, and everyone should be protecting their digital assets. Let’s talk about what you should do different to protect your Apple endpoints and verify students, faculty, and staff have the level of performance out of their Macs to complete research projects, school work, or administrative functions in the quickest possible way.



We hope you can join us for one or more of these informative and engaging webinars, offered free for educators by Jamf - here to help organizations succeed with Apple.

*More details to be added for these Jamf Sessions. Follow the #JamfEd hashtag this summer for more information and registration links!

Mike Lawrence
Education Leadership Executive, Jamf
Apple Distinguished Educator
Jamf Certified Tech
Jamf Certified Associate
Apple Teacher
Jamf Educator
Jamf School Certified