Dr. Shawn K. Smith is currently serving as the Chief Innovation Officer for
McGraw Hill and a national leader on issues surrounding digital
education and pedagogy.
Described as an “education futurist”, Shawn is an author, speaker,
entrepreneur, and rare book collector. He has one of the largest private
collections of John Dewey’s writings in the world. Shawn has authored four
books on education: Teacher as Architect: Instructional design and delivery
for the modern teacher (2012), The New Agenda: Achieving personalized
learning through digital convergence (2017), The Shape of Change: The
continued journey of the Digital Convergence Framework (2018), and
Wisdom and Influence: Mastering the Digital Convergence Framework
(2019). Formerly Shawn was a teacher, principal, and Chief of Schools for 15
years in school districts in Illinois and California and served as CEO and co-
founder of Modern Teacher for 9 years.
Shawn has made appearances on both Discovery and Learning channels as
well as various radio, web, and podcast programs. Shawn has degrees from
Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin (bachelor’s degree, elementary
education), the California State University, San Bernardino (master’s degree,
middle school education), and the University of Southern California
(doctorate degree, urban education policy and leadership).