Mike Lawrence

Education Leader in the United States

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Mike Lawrence has been impacting education as a teacher, administrator, technology coordinator and non-profit leader for twenty-five years. He is an Education Leadership Executive at Jamf, leading strategic learning and development initiatives worldwide. Prior to this, he was Senior Director of Educator Engagement at PowerSchool, overseeing customer advocacy for 45 million students in 80+ countries. He 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. In this position, he expanded the organization's prominence to be global in its impact while improving teacher and student learning in California and Nevada. 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 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 supported the development of the ISTE Certified Educator program.

He's an internationally sought-after speaker and presenter. Mike is also a licensed youth soccer coach, former child actor and enthusiastic musical theater participant.

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  • Work
    • Jamf
  • Education
    • UC Irvine
    • CSU Fullerton
    • UC Santa Barbara
Testimonials
As a professional, Mike Lawrence is visionary in his purpose and exceptionally capable in his practice. He has a deep commitment to education in general and in particular to transforming the quality of teaching and learning through the thoughtful, creative use of technology.
Sir Ken Robinson - Educator • Researcher • Author
Mike Lawrence is truly a passionate, creative individual that carries the vision of 21st century learning.
Dr. Holly Ludgate - Dir. of Learning, Emerging Tech, Full Sail University
Mike has an amazing ability to assess a situation, determine what is working and what needs to be enhanced, rally the right people, make things happen, and get things done. He is among the best educational leaders I know.
Dr. Christine Olmstead - Assoc. Superintendent, Orange County Dept. of Ed