Jason Pine is using the power of play to develop tomorrow’s great thinkers, problem-solvers, communicators and leaders. J. is the Founder/President of Play With Purpose. He has over 25 years of educational experience, including classroom experience as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools, 20+ years experience in after-school programming and extensive experience in curriculum development. Jason has also started and run successful small ventures, and most recently, led the education initiative for a leading national toy and game retailer. He has a BS in Education and a Masters in Applied Professional Studies from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
In addition to speaking at various educational events across the country, he also has a series of play-based learning curriculum books releasing in 2016 and has created an online play-based learning community (Qwbli.com) for teachers to share, collaborate, create and discover play-based learning resources. Qwbli.com is currently in Beta testing and is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2016.
After spending his entire life in the Midwest, primarily in Chicago, J. is now loving living in Southern California (though a return to a city he loves, Traverse City, is in the works) with his wife Aneta and their two children - daughter JuJu & son Van.