Cultivating a Culture of Innovation in Schools with Tom Murray

Cultivating a Culture of Innovation in Schools with Tom Murray

By Dan Kreiness

The Leader Of Learning podcast explores transformational leadership in education. It is where educators can come find inspiration to transform education through effective leadership. It is a community where educators can realize their leadership potential regardless of their position or title.

Welcome to episode 166 of the Leader of Learning Podcast. In this episode, we delve into the heart of educational innovation and growth. with Tom Murray, the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools and a renowned expert in the field of education. In this episode, we’re going to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing educators today, from the readiness and challenges of innovating within our school systems to understanding the unique learning styles and needs of our students. We’ll discuss the importance of a mindset shift, embracing change, and breaking free from cycles of negativity.

Tom Murray will draw upon his vast experience as a teacher, principal, and district administrator to share insights on creating authentic learning experiences, building leadership capacity, and ensuring that all students have access to an inclusive and equitable learning environment. Additionally, we will dive into the dichotomy of structure and flexibility in education systems, with an emphasis on the delicate balance between fostering student voice and adhering to societal norms and standards.

Expect to walk away with practical advice, a heightened understanding of leadership in education, and an array of free resources available to support educators in their quest to become future-ready. So, whether you’re a teacher, administrator, or just passionate about the future of teaching and learning, this episode is packed with value and insight that you won’t want to miss.

Guest Information:
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, 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 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: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today,” co-authored with Eric Sheninger and published by ASCD, was released in June 2017. His most recent book, “Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime,” was released in October of 2019. Prior to moving to his role in Washington, D.C., Murray served as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, middle school principal, elementary principal, and at the district level in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is most passionate about creating cultures of innovation where teachers are empowered to create the types of learning experiences today’s modern learners need to thrive.

Episode Resources:
Tom’s Website
Tom’s Books

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