Staying Personal & Authentic in the Midst of Adversity – Leading with Purpose The pandemic has brought uncertainty at every turn. Opening the past two school years in the midst of a global pandemic created significant anxiety and a loss of sleep for all educators, regardless of position. As we lead through uncertainty, how can we create a culture where both students and staff can thrive? How can we work to overcome fear and fail forward when things don’t go as planned? How can we ensure technology plays its proper role, and “innovation” doesn’t become a graveyard of tech tools? Grounded in relationships, and built upon a culture for learning, personal and authentic cultures of innovation, respect the hidden stories within each individual and are learner-centered by design. Regardless of what happens outside our school walls, together we can work to create meaningful opportunities when we hyper-focus on the things that matter most. The work is hard, but our kids are worth it!.
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Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready SchoolsⓇ, a Project of All4Ed, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and has worked alongside that body and 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. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the “2017 Education Thought Leader of the Year,” one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, was published by ASCD in 2017 and his latest book, Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime was released in 2019. Both are best-sellers. Connect with him at: thomascmurray.com.