Nonprofit Leader, Teacher, and Education Technologist in Southern California
Mike Lawrence has been impacting education as a teacher, administrator, technology coordinator and non-profit leader for twenty years. He is Senior Director of Educator Engagement at PowerSchool, overseeing customer advocacy and powering student success for 45 million students in 80+ countries. His customer-centered efforts contributed to PowerSchool's recognition as the 2019 CODiE Marketing Team of the Year and his team was recognized as a finalist for both Most Engaged and Most Passionate Community in 2020.
He served as CEO of CUE, a nonprofit educational association, driving 500% growth for over a dozen years. He also volunteered as Director of the California Student Media Festival for 10 years; the nation’s oldest such festival. He continues to support the festival as a member of the steering committee. He was an officer on the ISTE Board of Directors during a critical transitional time for the org. During his two terms, the board transformed itself into a leaner, more nimble board and oversaw a CEO transition. He is a respected presenter at international conferences and events.
He was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2003 and co-founded the Google Certified Innovator program in 2006. In 2009-10, he founded Leading Edge Certification. In 2018, he was named a Minecraft Global Mentor and earned his Certified Association Executive status from ASAE the same year. He has received honors from: CUE (Gold Disk, 2010), National School Boards Association (20 to Watch in Ed Tech, 2012), ISTE (Making IT Happen, 2013), EdTech Digest (Founder/CEO, 2014). He also received Webby, Davey, Edublog, W3 and the Int'l Academy of Web Television awards for co-executive producing the Infinite Thinking Machine web TV show from 2012-2016. He recently was tapped to serve on the UNESCO Expert Group on Mobile Learning, board of National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) and as an Expert Advisor for the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF). In addition, he has served on the SXSW EDU Advisory Board since 2016 and is completing his ISTE Certified Educator portfolio, a program he helped launch through his consulting work at MaverickLearning.
He's an internationally sought-after keynote speaker and presenter. Mike is also a licensed youth soccer coach, former child actor and enthusiastic musical theater participant.