Personal and Authentic

Personal and Authentic Master Course

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Welcome to the Personal & Authentic Master Course, a professional learning experience designed to accelerate your growth on your journey as an educator. You’ve chosen to devote your work to serving other people’s children, and let’s face it, the work is hard. The work is stressful. The work is emotional. But our kids are worth it!

My hope is that this course provides you with inspiration, while simultaneously challenging your thinking and propelling your growth, whether you work in an in-person, blended, or remote learning environment. Although not required reading, this course expands on my best-selling book, Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime.

This master course is structured in a way for you to take a critical lens to your own practice. Reflection is a key to growth, and my goal is to provide you with the activities, tools, resources, and video reflections to help you accomplish just that. Each module has been carefully designed to support your learning through video content that I’ve created for this course, independent readings to extend learning through a variety of lenses, opportunities for personal reflection, and application to practice.

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Meet Your Instructor, Thomas C. Murray

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Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools®, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, 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. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named the "2018 National/Global EdTech Leader of the Year," by EdTech Digest, and the "Education Policy Person of the Year" by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His most recent book best-seller, Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime, was released in October of 2019. Prior to working in Washington, D.C., Tom served as a teacher, principal, and district level administrator in Penn