Contact/About Me

Jon Fila is a Teacher, Author, Speaker, Consultant, AI Strategist who focuses on equity issues (accessibility, racial, gender), accessibility and Open Educational Resources. He has worked in education for over twenty-five years. He has served as an Innovation Coach, Curriculum Coordinator, PD Specialist, Department Chair, and has worked on aspects of Strategic Planning and has facilitated those groups on topics of Equity. He has been making his own stuff for a long time and shares whatever he can. When he’s not presenting in person, he develops professional development modules to address needs around AI issues in education at inclusiveaistrategies.com

If you would like to get in contact with me please fill out the form. I typically respond within a few hours. Thanks!

Awards/Honors:

  • 2023 DLAC Unsung Hero Award
  • 2022 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Finalist
  • 2020 Exemplar District for CITES project that promotes accessibility practices (Through Center for Applied Special Technology [CAST])
  • 2018 NROC Ambassador of the Year
  • 2017 Amazon Web Services (AWS) City On A Cloud Innovation Challenge
  • 2016 Excellence Award eLearning Summit for MN Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum (MPCC)
  • 2015 Local Government Innovation Award – The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota
  • 2011 TIES Technology Leadership Team of the Year
  • 2011 TIES Exceptional Teacher
  • 1986 Mr. Hustle Award Recipient (Jim Dutcher B-ball Camp)

    You can find Me on Twitter at @jontfila LinkedIn and Facebook

    I started and continue to facilitate a 3000+ member Facebook group for Dealing with Educational Inequities in Distance/Online Learning.

    I’ve worked with the following organizations to facilitate the use of instructional materials in a virtual setting, Accessibility, OER, and a host of AI topics :

    • School districts in Anoka-Hennepin, Becker, Byron, Centennial, Columbia Heights, Cyber Village Academy, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Intermediate Districts 287, 916, 917, Little Falls, Mankato, Northwest-West Central Service Cooperative, Osseo, Owatonna, Tri-City United, Ulen-Hitterdal, West St. Paul, White Bear Lake Public Schools; Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE); ORVSD/Portland Public Schools (OR); SOCRATES- South Central Regional Area Telecommunications System, ISD No. 6036; Kettle Moraine School District (Wales, WI); Estherville, IA.
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    • SELCO – Southeastern Libraries Cooperating
    • American Institutes for Research (AIR)
    • CAST – Accessibility webinars, conference presentations
    • Consultants Development Institute
    • Minnesota Department of Education
    • Discovery Education
    • Minnesota Council of Teachers of English
    • MN Association for Children’s Mental Health
    • South of the River Learning Academy (SORLA)
    • MN Learning Commons
    • NROC
    • For a recent list of projects, you can see what I’ve been up to here.

    Here is what others have had to say about Jon’s services:

    “It truly was engaging and interesting. I am very happy that I was able to practice my writing and research skills, especially citing sources. That much, I think, is going to be very important for college. So I guess all there is left to say is THANK YOU! Thanks for making such an expansive and engaging English course, I feel this is one-of-a-kind, especially for high school. This definitely covered way more than I would’ve covered in regular English in the classroom, and for that, I feel better off…All the best.”

    Former Student

    The Consultants Development Institute hired Jon Fila to guide development of its Moodle-based Learning Management System. Jon started with very meaningful trainings that were targeted to our level of knowledge. He built the initial framework for our System, making it much more straightforward and accurate for us do some of the additional work on our own. He was prompt and useful in his advice to us as we became more involved in development of the System. During the entire process, he was careful to show us what he did and why. I very highly recommend Jon for Moodle development services.

    Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD, Consultants Development Institute

    Very flexible course, allowing us to work directly on what was relative to our programs. Great instructor! Thanks so much for the push! Jon was very understanding when we had areas we were not strong in and did not make us feel stupid. He was very encouraging when we did stuff correctly. Time went really fast.

    I have to say I thought the class was great and that Jon did a good job as I am not so comp savvy. It was clear easy to understand and I learned a lot of Moodle I will be trying with my class soon after we return from winter break. Thanks Jon.

    Hands on application, doing the activities directly related to area of interest, flexible, informative. Jon is great teacher and resource.

    I appreciate the time, space and support Jon provided to explore the options available for teaching — very hands on and a great way to explore, both from a technical perspective and a more conceptual perspective as well. It really helps to work on implementing online educational offerings together with someone who has already had solid experience doing so and can anticipate a lot of the work (including mental preparation as well as implementation) that we will need to put in. I also appreciate his openness and respect in working with learners, whatever their level of technical proficiency, as well as his enthusiasm and genuine passion for opening up this opportunity to as many people as possible. Thanks, Jon. Time well spent.