Keynote Speakers

Thursday, Oct. 10th

Thomas C. Murray 

Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools

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 worked alongside the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education, state departments of education, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day. 

Prior to moving to his role in Washington, D.C., Murray’s experiences in K–12 digital leadership 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 nationally recognized Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, PA. 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.

Murrayis a regular featured conference keynote speaker around the country, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “National/Global EdTech

Leader of the Year” in 2018, the “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His best-selling book, Learning Transformed, was released in 2017 with ASCD.

Friday, Oct. 11th

Michael Cohen

The Tech Rabbi

Michael Cohen, known as The Tech Rabbi, is a designer and technologist turned educator. As a speaker, writer and creativity instigator, he’s on a mission to help young people develop the creative confidence they need to become challenge seekers and solution designers.  He currently serves as the director of innovation at Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA), and creator of the Schlesinger STEAM and Entrepreneurship Center.

He works with schools, institutions and businesses to help them create or refine opportunities for students to leverage technology, media creation and digital age skills in ways that foster inquiry and the drive to solve the complex challenges of our global society.

Cohen shares his story of design and creativity through social media, keynote addresses and featured talks on international stages, including ISTE, SXSW EDU, Congreo Mexico, EdTechTeacher Summits and Apple Education events.

He is the author of the book Educated By Design, which outlines his principles for revealing and nurturing our innate creative courage and capacity.

Michael is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Trainer, Adobe Certified Trainer and has been ranked as one of today’s top 50 edtech influencers

Thank you to Apple, Inc as a sponsor of The Tech Rabbi keynote at ACTEM 2019.


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