Tom Murray joined All4Ed in May 2014 as state and district digital learning policy and advocacy director. He is now director of innovation for Future Ready Schools®, where he works alongside state departments of education, corporations, and school districts across the country to maximize student-centered learning opportunities and help school districts (public, private, and charter) leverage technology to prepare students for success in college, a career, and citizenship.
Mr. Murray is passionate about proper technology infusion and personalized professional learning. His wealth of experience in K–12 digital leadership—which has been recognized at the national level—includes implementing a 1:1 program, BYOD, blended learning, and a K–12 cyber school where he served as director of technology and cyber education, principal, and teacher, for fifteen years in the Quakertown Community School District (QCSD) (Bucks County, PA).
Mr. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote speaker and has received the following distinctions and awards: 2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year, “20 to Watch” by NSBA in 2016, “Education Policy Person of the Year” by Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015, and the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award. He also was named one of the top 16 “forward thinking EdTech leaders in the country” and one of the “top 100 influential voices in education” and has been featured in Tech & Learning magazine’s Leadership Profile. Mr. Murray’s QCSD cyber and blended learning programs have been highlighted by Forbes.com, THE Journal, District Administration magazine, Project Red, Tech & Learning magazine, Innosight Institute, iNACOL, and on Digital Learning Day 2013 and 2014, among others. He also serves on the advisory board for THE Journal.
Mr. Murray also is cofounder of #edtechchat, a weekly education technology Twitter forum, through which hundreds of educators from around the world discuss digital learning. His new book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, coauthored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017.
Mr. Murray holds a BA degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College and MEd degrees in educational leadership, educational development and strategies, and classroom technology from Wilkes University. Connect with him on Twitter @thomascmurray or at www.thomascmurray.com.