Thomas C. Murray

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools®, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and has worked alongside that body, the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools® and Digital Learning Day. An ASCD best-selling author, Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the “2018 National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year,” by EdTech Digest, the “2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year,” one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA in 2016, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His best-selling book, Learning Transformed, co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017.


Prior to moving to his role in Washington, D.C., Murray’s experiences in K–12 digital leadership, which included implementing a 1:1 program, BYOD, blended learning, and a K–12 cyber school, where he served as the director of technology and cyber education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, were recognized nationally. A former school principal and teacher, Murray is passionate about creating cultures of innovation where teachers are empowered to create the types of learning experiences today’s modern learners need to thrive in their future.

In addition to his role at Future Ready, he serves as a speaker and school district consultant. Previously, he was the recipient of the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award, named one of the top 16 “forward thinking EdTech leaders in the country,” named one of the “top 100 influential voices in education,” has been featured in Tech & Learning magazine’s Leadership Profile, THE Journal, and has appeared on various television shows.

As an author, Murray has released or been a part of four books:

Murray is also one of the cofounders of #edtechchat, a weekly educational technology Twitter forum, where hundreds of educators from around the world discuss topics related to the effective use of educational technology. Connect with Tom on twitter at @thomascmurray.

Tom’s interview before his ACSA (California) Keynote in 2018.
Check out this Sketchnote from Tom’s GAETC (Georgia) 2018 Session!
Tom joins U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and Superintendent of the Year, Mark Edwards, for the Opening National PTA Keynote Panel.

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