Mike Lawrence

Nonprofit Leader, Teacher, and Education Technologist 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 years. He is Senior Director of Educator Engagement at PowerSchool, powering student success for 45 million students in 80+ countries.

He served as CEO of CUE, a nonprofit educational association, driving 500% growth for over a dozen years. He also served as Director of the California Student Media Festival for 10 years; the nation’s oldest such festival. He served on the ISTE Board of Directors during a critical four-year term. During his tenure, the board transformed itself into a leaner, more nimble board. 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. 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 earned his Certified Association Executive status from ASAE the same year. 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 Boardsince 2016 and is completing his ISTE Certified Educator portfolio, a program he helped launch through his consulting work at MaverickLearning.

Mike is also a licensed youth soccer coach, former child actor and enthusiastic musical theater participant.


2020 CV

  • Work
    • PowerSchool
  • Education
    • UC Irvine
    • CSU Fullerton
    • UC Santa Barbara
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