Willy Wijnands

School: Ashram College in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands



Willy Wijnands, creator & founder of eduScrum® and initial co-creator of Lightschools® and a passionate Chemistry & Science teacher since 1976. He is a true connector and therefore also co-founder of the global initiative Agile in Education.  “It is not about doing agile, but about being agile”, as Willy says. He uses eduScrum and the agile mindset with students and trainers worldwide in all his classes and projects, no matter the subject.
An important basis for his thinking and acting has been created in his years of involvement in Aikido, Chi Kung and Shiatsu. He wrote and contributed to several books on agility and eduScrum (the eduScrum guide, Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning and Scrum in Actie). Within Lightschools, Willy wants to build a bridge between the educational system and market requirements. He believes that we can empower each other by collaborating. Together we create projects and products that contribute to a bright new world and develop students into lifelong learners and leaders of tomorrow.


‘I give the students ownership of their own learning process, but most important trust. The students take the responsibility for what they do because I give them the freedom and the space they need. The effect is that students are more engaged, more productive and their results are better. They discover who they are and what their abilities are. It is such a wonderful experience to see them developing themselves!’


Ever since 2011, Willy has trained more than 1400  teachers in 28 countries with eduScrum and has worked with more than 2000 students. These numbers continue to increase every day. He uses eduScrum and the Agile mindset in all his classes, subjects and projects. “It is not about doing agile, but about being agile”.

By using eduScrum, students work together in an energetic, effective and focus way.

In small teams the self-organize their work and thereby learn engagement, commitment and taking responsibility. They train to self-reflect and give feedback to themselves as well and to their classmates and to continuously their own and team working process.

Classes using eduScrum finish weeks early and their results are in the same test significantly higher then in other classes. And most important: eduScrum students go through a strong and positive personal development. They get to know their own qualities and find out how to use their own resources.

Tracking the learning process and progress is hereby always easy by using the eduScrum meetings and tools.