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Creating Innovators: What Does an Innovator in a School/District Look Like?

Thursday, December 3, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

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Presented by Thomas C. Murray, state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education
Sponsored by Learning Bird


When we analyze the US education system and classrooms across our nation, we see dramatic differences and gaps in innovation. Side-by-side images of classrooms from 1915 and 2015 yield eerie similarities in many schools today, even with the 100-year difference. Some schools are creating dynamic cultures of innovation, while others still resemble those from the industrial area. Why this dichotomy? How are today’s innovators different and what qualities make their schools stand out?

The Alliance for Excellent Education’s Thomas C. Murray, one of the leaders of the Future Ready Schools initiative, discussed key factors in creating cultures of innovation. Tom also shared a variety of districts and leaders who have gained national attention for creating unique learning experiences for students, and how all districts can create cultures of innovation inside their schools! This session is geared for administrators, teachers, and librarians working in middle schools and high schools.

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tom murrayThomas C. Murray serves as the state and district digital learning director for the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day. Follow Tom on Twitter @thomascmurray.





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Thursday, December 3, 2015
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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