A long time educator, Michael taught Physics and Chemistry in California where he also worked in developing the first set of Technology in the Curriculum materials for the State of California. In 1986, he joined Apple Computer’s Classroom of Tomorrow (ACOT) research and development project and later served as Apple’s Education Competitive Analyst where he lead major curriculum related marketing initiatives. He remained a contributor to science education through many projects including being one of the authors of California’s ground breaking Science Framework of 1990.
Michael left Apple Computer in 1993 to pursue the development of a technology that dynamically indicates the relationship between curriculum, curriculum standards, and instructional resources for which he received patents in 1998. As founder of Mediaseek Technologies, Inc. he laid the groundwork for many of the innovations in standards implementation and instructional resource integration that followed. He continued the development of tools for children and educators as Director of Education Business Development at N2H2 and VP and GM of Brainium Technologies.
Michael served on the Board of the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Association for thirteen years playing a central role in the development of data specifications around teaching and learning. He served on the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) Education Board for 10 years, three as co-chair. Michael is in his third year of chairing the Content in Context conference that is now under the auspices of the pK-12 Learning Group of the AAP. Most recently he and his organization have been tasked with helping managing adoption of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) by publishers under contract to the AEP.
Michael and his associates create lasting change in how we learn and educate through their work with corporations and educational institutions. Their diverse expertise representing educational and corporate leadership, market analysis, development, instructional design, and tested knowledge of all facets of K-12 education are married with a vision that generates success for their clients while advancing their vision for education.
Michael regularly participates in conferences where he addresses challenging education topics. Michael is an education evangelist committed to bringing intriguing and controversial topics to the table for those working toward improving education for all children. As part of his commitment to effecting thoughtful and systemic change in pK-12 education, Educational Systemics has a monthly Internet radio show, Education Table Talk, in which education leaders discuss important serious topics in an approachable manner.