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Tap into your potential with Discovery Education's Speakers Bureau. Work with our team of keynote speakers and workshop leaders to identify, encourage, and promote the most effective use of technology in the classroom.
Scott Kinney


An acknowledged thought leader and powerful voice dedicated to supporting the success of each learner, Scott Kinney has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of professional learning and educational technology. As Discovery Education Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships, Kinney collaborates with educators and administrators around the world to develop and implement customized solutions that empower them to meet strategic goals and build modern, digital learning environments supporting student achievement. Under his leadership, Discovery Education is serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students around the world, and transforming teaching and learning in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and in more than 50 countries. 

Previously, Kinney served as Discovery Education’s Senior Vice President of Professional Development. In this capacity Kinney led the creation and launch of Discovery Education’s professional learning portfolio and managed all facets of the professional development line of business. During his tenure at Discovery Education, Kinney also launched the Discovery Education Masters degree in Instructional Media, oversaw all Discovery Education public policy initiatives at both the state and federal levels, and supervised the continued growth of the organization’s professional learning community, the Discovery Educator Network.

Kinney regularly consults with high-level education officials and policymakers, and has testified before Congress on the Future of Learning. An accomplished public speaker and author, Kinney has keynoted countless education conferences, presented at numerous administrator events, and has contributed articles and opinion pieces to various education publications. In 2015, Kinney was recognized by EdTech Digest with their prestigious Leadership Award for his efforts to support school systems worldwide as they transition from static textbooks to dynamic digital content as a core instructional resource. 

Prior to joining Discovery Education, Kinney spent 15 years in public education serving at both the school district and regional service center levels. In addition to his K-12 work, Kinney has taught undergraduate and graduate classes for Kent State University and Penn State University, and has served on numerous education-focused advisory boards. 

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Keynote Sessions


Going Digital: The Next Chapter in Teaching & Learning

Students today engage with content differently than any previous generation of learners. Yet even with the irrefutable evidence that our students have a clear preference in how they choose to interact with information, we largely ignore these facts when considering instructional content. Examine the future of instructional materials including the instructional benefits of digital content, global trends, implementation obstacles and examples of current success.


What People Are Saying

"How do you get your audience to put down their iPads and stay focused in a session right after a big lunch on the last day of a conference? You bring in Scott Kinney for a dynamic, interactive and highly engaging presentation that keeps the room buzzing. Scott's energy is contagious, but he has much more than a great stage presence. In a room full of K12 superintendents, every one of them an education expert, Scott conveyed subject matter expertise and depth of knowledge that gave our guests information they could use in their districts right away. We are looking forward to bringing him back to our next event."
JD Solomon
Program Director
District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendents Summit
"Scott Kinney is an amazing, inspiring speaker and his passion for technology and digital content in America's classrooms is contagious. Scott offered Texas school leaders concrete advice on how to make sure schools are preparing kids for their future, whether you're in the Metroplex or a tiny West Texas town."
Jenny LaCoste-Caputo
Communications & Media Relations
Texas Association of School Administrators

Types of Sessions He Delivers

  • Keynote/Featured Sessions

Topics He Covers

  • 21st Century Leadership
  • The Transition to Digital
  • Media and Instruction
  • Professional Learning