Dr. Shawn K. Smith is a national leader on issues surrounding digital education and pedagogy and is currently serving as President of Modern Teacher. He is compelled to preserve education’s rich heritage and support America’s teachers and leaders as they transition traditional classrooms into modern learning environments. Formerly Shawn was a teacher, principal, and Chief of Schools for 15 years in school districts in Illinois and California.
As a rare book collector, Shawn has one of the world's largest private collections of John Dewey’s writings. Shawn has authored three books: Teacher as Architect: Instructional design and delivery for the modern teacher, The New Agenda: Achieving personalized learning through digital convergence, and The Shape of Change: Building a Proficiency Tipping Point to Scale Personalized Learning. He has appeared on both Discovery and Learning channels as well as various radio, web, and podcast programs.