Mike Lawrence has been impacting education as a teacher, administrator, technology coordinator and non-profit leader for twenty years. He is a respected presenter, at national conferences and events and was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2003. He assisted in the development and launch of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) and co-founded the Google Certified Teacher program. Mike is an author and editor and can often be found at his local coffee house on his iPad.
He currently serves as CEO of CUE (CUE.org), supporting its membership by advancing student achievement through technology on an international level. Each year, thousands of educators attend CUE’s conference events and professional learning opportunities, making it the premier Educational Technology association of the Western U.S.
Mike also serves as Director of the California Student Media Festival (mediafestival.org); the nation’s oldest such festival. In 2010, Mike received a "Gold Disk," CUE's longest standing recognition, honoring his contributions to the organization and to technology in learning. He was also elected to the ISTE Board of Directors the same year.
In 2011 he led the development and launch of Leading Edge Certification, a national certification program leveraging an alliance of over 30 nonprofits, universities, and educational agencies. Certifications will focus on online teachers, administrators librarians and other educators.
In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Teacher Preparation Advisory Panel and was honored as one of the National School Board Association's "20 to Watch in Educational Technology" in March of this year and was given the ISTE Making IT Happen award at ISTE 2013. Mike was also honored to have the Infinite Thinking Machine, an award-winning web TV show focused on creativity and innovation in the classroom.
Mike began his educational career teaching high school English, often writing his own English elective courses to engage students typically disinterested in the core subject (Science Fiction Literature, anyone?). As a Technology Coordinator, he led the development and delivery of hands-on technology professional development, including Principal Training Programs for Southern California administrators, as well as the Student Technology Showcase and Technology Proficiency programs.
Mike’s humor and background as a teacher inform all of his presentations, making them accessible to educators of all levels and curricular areas. He lives with his wife Julie, and kids, Jay and Kellen, in Southern California.