Are YOU looking to ignite a white hot flame of JOY for you and your learners?


Creating a student-empowered classroom rooted in psychological safety, holds the profound promise of transforming the educational system from within, led by its most dynamic leader: THE TEACHER.

In Inspiring Joy, Jennifer Appel artfully demonstrates how to impactfully change school culture and climate one learner at a time within the umbrella of her game-changing pedagogical template: LESSICONS. Her authentically captivating stories highlight both the theory and practice behind next-level relationship building, social emotional learning, and meeting students where they’re at. As a sequel to the hit book, Award Winning Culture by Hans Appel, readers reexamine the lofty pillars of Character, Excellence, and Community through the art of reflective teaching. As you enthusiastically pour over this heartfelt professional development gift, you’ll learn:

  • How to tap into your own instructional superpower to better serve your students.
  • How to implement whole learner best practices within a student-centered classroom.
  • How to create a cutting-edge lesson planning framework to imprint legacy defining learning experiences on the hearts and minds of your students.
  • How to design universal social emotional lessons that are embedded into the daily fabric of academic content.

The world is one big classroom, and Inspiring Joy generously offers an illuminating peek behind the curtain of our own experiences, to elicit life-changing learning for others.      

PRAISE FOR Inspiring JOY

Jennifer Appel - Author

Jennifer Appel is an educator, coach, speaker, and writer. She’s the Co-host of the Award Winning Culture podcast and the Co-Creator of Award Winning Culture. In addition to being the author of the highly anticipated book: “Inspiring JOY: A Revolutionary Lesson Planning Framework for Teaching the Whole Learner,” she’s the author of a line of picture books focusing on Social Emotional Learning and Character Ed which includes, “Award Winning Dog and I’m WHO.” 

Jennifer has written blogs and lesson design for CharacterStrong and Teach Better.  She was selected for the Washington State Reading Cadre and spent 10 years teaching graduate and undergraduate classes at Heritage University.    

Jennifer is a part of the coveted Teach Better Speakers Network.  She presents at conferences, schools, and districts all over the country.  Topics include: Creating an Award Winning Culture, Inspiring JOY, Amplifying Student Voice, Student-Led Podcasting, Infusing SEL into PBL, and Infusing Servant Leadership through PBIS.

Jennifer can be contacted through email at [email protected]. You can follow her on twitter or instagram at @jennifermappel. Follow AWC on Twitter @awculture or @awcpodcasting on instagram @awardwinningculture. #AwardWinningCulture 


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Inspiring JOY: A Revolutionary Lesson Planning Framework for Teaching the Whole Learner


Creating a student-empowered classroom rooted in psychological safety, holds the profound promise of transforming the educational system from within, led by its most dynamic leader: THE TEACHER.

In Inspiring Joy, Jennifer Appel artfully demonstrates how to impactfully change school culture and climate one learner at a time within the umbrella of her game-changing pedagogical template: LESSICONS. Her authentically captivating stories highlight both the theory and practice behind next-level relationship building, social emotional learning, and meeting students where they’re at. As a sequel to the hit book, Award Winning Culture by Hans Appel, readers reexamine the lofty pillars of Character, Excellence, and Community through the art of reflective teaching.

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