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Keynotes and
Conference Presentations

Unlock the Power of


in Education


Hello there! I'm Matthew Courtney, a former music teacher turned education strategist who discovered the transformative power of evidence-based practices. During my time as an educator, I quickly learned that resolving classroom challenges often meant digging into the research and evidence available to inform decision-making. This journey, however, led me out of the traditional education system to fully explore and grasp the potential of evidence-based strategies. Now, I'm dedicated to bringing this critical knowledge back into the education sector to ensure no other professional feels the need to leave their passion behind to become evidence-empowered.

At my keynotes and conference presentations, I aim to help you understand not just the 'how' but the 'why' of evidence-based practices in education. Drawing upon historical anecdotes and personal experiences, I'll illuminate the dire consequences of neglecting or misusing evidence in decision-making. More importantly, I'll illustrate how you, as an educator, can become empowered through a better understanding and application of evidence.


To keep engagement high and adapt to the reduced attention spans in a post-COVID world, my sessions are interactive, designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue rather than one-sided discourse. I believe in the power of engagement and collective wisdom, which is why my keynote addresses often start with a brief presentation, quickly transitioning into a facilitated question-and-answer discussion with the audience. It's a format that promotes real-time understanding and provides an opportunity for instant clarification of doubts or queries.


Over the past decade, I've had the privilege of empowering educators across numerous platforms. My passion and commitment to this cause have led to significant positive impacts, some of which I look forward to sharing during our sessions together.

Join me on this journey to unlock the power of evidence for the betterment of our education system. Let's reshape the future of education together, one piece of evidence at a time.

"Matthew Courtney brought energy and enthusiasm to the topics of data and evidence-based research for the purposes of school improvement.  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 efforts."

~ Jennifer Horvath, Cognia

Inspiration and Empowerment Through Keynotes & Workshops

Education is an ever-evolving landscape, and today's challenges demand a shift towards evidence-informed school improvement. Through my inspiring keynotes and interactive workshops, I endeavor to light this path for education leaders and professionals.

Inspiring Keynotes


My keynotes are designed to ignite inspiration and provoke thought. Drawing on the rich history of evidence-informed school improvement, I weave stories and historical anecdotes to emphasize the necessity of embracing this crucial change in our education landscape. The goal isn't to merely present facts and figures; it's to initiate a paradigm shift, inspiring attendees to understand and harness the power of evidence-based practices. These keynotes set the stage for deeper exploration, stimulating curiosity and paving the way for transformation.

Interactive Workshops: Dive Deeper


Dive deeper into the practice of evidence-based decision-making with my hands-on workshops. These sessions are designed around three key areas:

  1. Evidence-based Decision-making: Learn to find, evaluate, and use evidence to make informed decisions. This knowledge empowers you to confidently lead your team towards data-driven practices.

  2. Exploratory Data Analysis: Develop the essential skills for data collection and analysis. This workshop demystifies the data world and provides practical tools for discovering what the numbers really say.

  3. Continuous Improvement Systems: Understand the importance of evaluation in improvement efforts. With tools like PDSA and 30-60-90 day planning, you'll gain strategies to continuously refine and enhance your practices.


Each workshop topic can be customized and combined to cater to your specific needs, providing a truly tailored learning experience.

Conference Workshops: Unleash the Potential


Whether you're looking for a single breakout session, a strand of breakout sessions, or pre- or post-conference full-day workshops, my offerings adapt to your requirements. These workshops are designed to be engaging and hands-on. Participants are encouraged to bring their devices and dive into real-world scenarios, providing a practical and engaging learning experience.

Your Learning Journey Continues

I believe in the power of continued learning. To support this, each workshop includes access to a custom web portal filled with resources, tools, and downloadable content. This portal stays available for six months, allowing participants to revisit and extend their learning well beyond the workshop itself.

Immerse your team in a transformative learning experience that goes beyond the traditional and leads the way to a future of evidence-informed school improvement. Dive into a world where data drives decisions and continuous improvement becomes an empowering journey.

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. Click the "Get Started" button to begin your journey to evidence-informed school improvement.

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