Marcelo Staricoff is the creator of the Joy of Not Knowing (JONK) philosophy of education and approach to school leadership. He is the founder and director of JONK Thinking and Learning Ltd, a School Tutor in Education at the University of Sussex and an educational consultant, advisor, speaker and professional development facilitator working with schools and educational organisations nationally and internationally on applying the principles and philosophies that underpin the JONK approach. Marcelo’s work has led him to publish Start Thinking, a book that promotes creative and critical thinking in primary schools and the forthcoming book entitled ‘The Joy of Not Knowing’ due to be published by Routledge in December 2020.
Throughout his 20-year career as a Primary School Teacher and Headteacher, Marcelo has been at the forefront of inspiring practitioners and influencing policy makers. Marcelo was a member of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth Think Tank and was part of the Board of SAPERE, the charity that promotes Philosophy for Children in schools, for many years. Marcelo has written extensively on how to incorporate a creative thinking approach to the curriculum and on how to create an inspirational learning environment in the classroom that enables every child to thrive. Marcelo has developed the concept of schools launching the academic year with a Learning to Learn Week, in which children are introduced to all the strategies that will enable them to succeed as learners throughout the year. These initiatives fall within the categories of visual personal models of learning, creative thinking, visible thinking and learning, philosophy, bilingual learning and lifelong learning.
Marcelo is currently leading a number of online courses for teachers, school leaders and advisors based on a creative thinking approach to teaching and learning, focusing on how to equip learners with all they need to succeed in times of uncertainty. Marcelo is a former scientist and is currently a Trustee of the Laurel Trust and of the Michael Aldrich Foundation. Marcelo’s work and contribution to education led to him being named as a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching in 2019.