Any expedition begins with an invitation.

It's the entrance, the opportunity to step across the threshold into something new that sets the stage for everything to follow.

In the design work I do, I want to provide that invitation and the pathway of experiences that can help you shape a new story for your organization.

Changing how organizations function is a challenge.  Ultimately, the invitation, and the process that follows, should enable compelling shifts that lead to the creation of a new organizational mindset.

In the engagements I design, I seek to support you in creating deep organizational change by helping you create those shifts.  That takes time and effort of course, and is predicated on an inclusive process that supports and engages, pushes when necessary, and challenges people to think and act beyond the constraints of their current conditions and culture.  Creating a new organizational mindset means creating a new lens and worldview that is broader and sees differently, crafting a language capable of supporting that capacity, and growing a membership that possesses the skills and dispositions that support an ever-evolving capacity to grow and improve in a world that absolutely demands it.  

How we write that story together is what I am interested in.   How we create the conditions for making a difference is the challenge. How we do this together is the opportunity ahead.

I'm proud to support the work of the teachers and administrators of the Pueblo School for Arts & Sciences - Fulton Heights campus.  PSAS-Fulton Heights is a new charter school launched this year with a focus on the Paideia approach and the process of making.  The school seeks to build off the success of its sister school at the Jones campus and provide additional educational opportunities for the children of Pueblo.  Beyond exciting for the community!  Read the article here.

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Next up:  Continued work on the learning spaces pilot in the Perkins Local School District in Sandusky, Ohio.

Then:  SXSWEdu in Austin, Texas

Presentation Services:  In addition to design services, I do keynotes, spotlights, workshops and breakout sessions for conferences, schools and school district events.  Here are example of recent events:

  • Collaborative Facilities & Learning Spaces Symposium, Covina, CA
  • Maker Champions Professional Development, School District of New Berlin (WI)
  • Live Curious, Go Beyond, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Learning Spaces professional development, Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver, Washington

Download my presentation services portfolio for more information.

Presenting at the Edina Learning Institute, Edina, Minnesota

Presenting at the Edina Learning Institute, Edina, Minnesota



“This past year, I’ve traveled the globe, presented to thousands of educational leaders, and hosted over 57 schools/organizations to our school, and one topic of discussion always comes up, “David Jakes!” There are an abundance of educational consultants that claim to enhance school organizations, and then there is David Jakes, who actually does. If you’re ready to create an experience unlike any other for your students, staff, and school community, then David Jakes is your champion to make that experience a reality.”
— Glenn Robbins, Principal, Northfield Middle School, Northfield, NJ