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Hello! I'm Matthew Courtney, a passionate advocate and keynote speaker on evidence-based decision-making in education. With a rich background as an educator, researcher, and policy maker, I have dedicated my career to revolutionizing how we teach by integrating research-driven strategies into every step of the education process. My goal? To empower your audience with the knowledge and tools they need to adopt evidence-based approaches, ensuring a more effective and impactful learning environment.

Are you in the midst of organizing a conference or event and seeking a speaker who not only educates but also inspires? I'm here to deliver. My keynotes dive deep into the world of evidence-based education, merging historical perspectives with practical experience to underscore the vital role of evidence in shaping educational strategies. Attendees will walk away not just with a comprehensive understanding of evidence-based practices but also with the inspiration to apply these insights in real-world settings.

Over the past ten years, I've had the privilege of guiding educators across diverse platforms, sharing strategies that have reshaped classrooms and rekindled a passion for teaching excellence. My commitment to evidence-based education has led to significant transformations in teaching dynamics and has motivated countless educators to embrace these practices wholeheartedly.

Ready to make your next educational event a milestone for your attendees? Contact me and let's set the stage for an unforgettable experience that will inspire and empower your audience to transform education, one evidence-based decision at a time.

Our experience was really fruitful. Every day I see the work that we did with Matthew show up in things. Our team running a little more efficiently in our processes being a little more hammered out in a way that is really helps with not only clarity but efficiency.

Bridget Hachfield

Alliance to Save Energy

Dr. Courtney exemplifies professionalism and authenticity. We are thrilled with the positive outcomes he is able to achieve with our CEO participants and look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come!  

Leah Marcum

Southeast South Central Educational Cooperative

His expertise as a researcher and as a practitioner was evident and his passion for using data to drive improvement was contagious.  He was very insightful and provided information and ideas educators could easily take back to their school and implement to support their improvement. 

Jennifer Horvath


Popular Keynote Topics

  • Module One: Introduction
    Video Lesson: Welcome! Knowledge Check: The Pre-Assessment
  • Module Two: Understanding Evidence-Based Decision-Making
    Video Lesson: Introduction to EBDM Activity: Review a Research Article Activity: Sharing Experiences with EBDM in Education Activity: Review USED's Guidance Knowledge Check: Understanding EBDM
  • Module Three: Introduction to AI for Educators
    Video Lesson: Basics of AI and its Potential for EBDM Activity: Exploring Early Warning Tools Activity: Engaging with AI to Streamline Administrative Tasks Knowledge Check: Test Your Knowledge of AI Concepts
  • Module Four: Collecting and Analyzing Data with AI
    Video Lesson: Collecting and Analyzing Data with AI Activity: Predicting Student Outcomes Activity: Engaging with Google Analytics Activity: Engaging with Kaggle for Educational Data Science Downloadable Resource: Educational Data Science Starter Kit
  • Module Five: Using AI to Scan and Synthesize Research
    Video Lesson: Using AI for Synthesizing Education Research Activity: Exploring Solutions with Elicit Activity: Mapping Connections with Research Rabbit Activity: Synthesizing Findings with Consensus Activity: Setting Up Google Scholar Email Alerts Downloadable Resource: Best Practices for AI-Assisted Review
  • Module Six: Interpreting AI Insights for Decision-Making
    Video Lesson: Decoding AI for Insightful Decision-Making Activity: Interpreting AI Insights from a Case Study Activity: Making Decisions Based o AI-Generated Reports Activity: Integration of AI Insights with Human Judgement Knowledge Check: Interpreting AI Insights
  • Module Seven: Overcoming Challenges to AI Implementation
    Video Lesson: AI Challenges and the Path to Smarter Choices Activity: Professional Learning Workshop Plan Activity: Staff Meeting on AI Integration Strategies Downloadable Resource: AI Challenge Checklist
  • Module Eight: Ethical Considerations in AI Use
    Video Lesson: Ethical Implications of Using AI in EBDM Activity: Develop an AI Ethics Guideline for Your School Activity: Ethics in AI Technology Evaluation Activity: Reviewing Technology Use and Data Policies Knowledge Check: Understanding Ethics of AI in Education
  • Module Nine: Monitoring and Evaluating AI Impact
    Video Lesson: AI Impact and Assessing Educational Results Activity: Enhancing Learning Through AI at Riverview Academy Activity: Creating a Continuous Improvement Framework for AI Downloadable Resource: Template for an AI Impact Evaluation
  • Module Ten: Course Wrap-Up and Next Steps
    Video Lesson: AI Takeaways to Continue the Journey Activity: Developing an AI Action Plan Knowledge Check: The Post-Assessment Downloadable Resource: Suggested Reading List

Matthew spoke eloquently and powerfully about the issues stemming from the division of teaching and education research. It was powerful to see there are resources for ANYONE wanting to strive toward making a positive difference. 

Alleah Friedrichs

Law of Attraction with Alleah

The way he demystifies the process of finding, understanding, and applying research is truly exceptional. Each session he has led for our educators has resulted in tangible improvements in our ability to make evidence-based decisions.

Jason Reeves

Park View Consultants, LLC

Educators are a tough bunch; after all they spend the majority of their days doing just that…engaging. But Matthew had them from go. He has the unique ability to reach every learner and offer each a comfortable entry in to the learning.

Lisa Petrey-Kirk

Kentucky Education Association

Start Your Evidence-Informed Journey Now

Education is not a spectator sport, it's a journey of continuous learning, growth, and transformation. And you don't have to navigate this journey alone. If my keynotes or workshops resonate with you, if you want to break the barriers of traditional education models, or if you feel inspired to drive evidence-based continuous improvement in your organization, then it's time to take the first step.

Whether you need an engaging keynote speaker to set the tone for your event or a hands-on workshop to empower your educators with practical skills, I am here to help. I would be delighted to work with you to create a custom experience that aligns with your unique needs and goals.

Let's collaborate to create a powerful learning experience that will inspire, inform, and ignite transformation in your organization. Send me a message below to begin your journey to evidence-informed school improvement.

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