Sean Tierney

Director for Teaching & Learning Strategy, Asia

Sean TierneySean Tierney has been working in the Microsoft Education team for the last eight years, and is currently the Director for Teaching & Learning Strategy, Asia.

After leaving a career in broadcast sales, he worked as a primary and secondary teacher, school leader, lecturer at undergraduate and master’s level, and senior project manager for the Queensland Department of Education, in Australia. He managed statewide initiatives in Queensland, including developing the 1-to-1 student laptop program materials, co-authored the “21 Steps to 21st Century 1-to-1 Success” with Bruce Dixon (now the Design, Deployment Guide), the Technology, Architecture and Furniture Project and the ICT Industry project, liaising between schools and the ICT Industry.

He co-designed the original Windows in the Classroom program, which has now helped over 800,000 teachers globally to use technology to inspire and empower learners to do things they couldn’t do previously. He has specialized in sharing global best practices with education leaders across the globe having worked to drive positive change for young people in over 30 countries. He designed and facilitated Microsoft’s Global Forum Educators track for five years, has trained thousands of leaders on how to implement technology in a meaningful way, written numerous papers and articles, including the highly successful book “Innovate: Collective Wisdom from Innovative Schools”.