Dr. Rob Furman

Dr. Rob Furman

Dr. Rob: Elementary Principal. Best Selling Author. National Keynote Speaker. Huffington Post Education Blogger. 20 to Watch Honoree. #disrupt #edurevolution


Personal Mission Statement

“Inspiring the passions of today’s educators and students by encouraging progressive thought and innovative approaches to learning, leadership and parental involvement to develop thriving, empowered, future-ready scholars”

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Book Publications

Furman, L.R. (2017). The Future Ready Challenge. Arlington, VA: International Society of Technology Education.

Furman, L.R. (2015). Reading, Technology, and Digital Literacy. Arlington, VA: International Society of Technology Education.

Furman, L.R. (2012). Instructional Technology Tools: A Professional Development Plan. Bloomington: iUniverse.


Presentation Titles

Are You Future Ready?

Motivating the Reluctant Reader Through Technology

Virtual Leadership

Techie Tidbits That Won’t Break the Bank

Don’t Worry, Be Appy!

The 18 Week Challenge of Change


Presentations Around the USA

17 US States

National Groups including ASCD, ISTE, NAESP, Scholastic, AMLE

Various State Affiliates including VSTE, KySTE, VAASL, PASCD


Service to the Profession

Producer, The Seditionists Video Blog  2015- Present

Producer, The Parent Academy Video Blog 2016-Present

Associate Producer, Open Mic on Education 2015-Present

Magazine Editor and Contributor, Leading and Learning Quarterly, Department of Educational Administration and Supervision, Duquesne University, 2012 – 2014.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Administration and Supervision, Duquesne University, 2014-Present

University Site Visitor, Department of Administration and Supervision, Duquesne University, 2006 .
Member, Global Collaboration Leadership group PLN for the International Society of Technology in Education (2015, 2016, 2017)
Principal Advisory Board and Educational Consultant, Scholastic Book Company, 2010 – 2014.

Developer, Scholastic Reading Summit, Duquesne University, 2012, 2013. 

Developer, A Day in the Life of a Principal, a virtual simulation, Educational Administration Graduate Program Duquesne University, 2010.

Developer, A Virtual Classroom, a virtual simulation using Second Life Application, Educational Administration Graduate Program, Duquesne University, 2008. 

Developer, Virtual Internet Coach (VIC), a web-based principal support environment, Duquesne University, 2006.


1990 Arion Award National Award for Outstanding Achievement for High School Musicians

1999 Disney’s Teacher of the Year Nominee

2000 Award for Excellence in Music Education Charles Gray Foundation

2011 Editor’s Choice Award and Rising Star Award Instruction Technology Tools: A Professional Development Plan by L. Robert Furman 2011 iUniverse

2013 National 20 to Watch Award in Instructional Technology National School Board Association’s Technology Leadership Network

2014 Pittsburgh Tribune Review Total Media Newsmaker of the Year

2015 PASCD Outstanding Research and Publication Award 

2015 Top 100 Educational Blogs (#60 National) 2015 Bammy Award Finalist 
2015 CREATE PGH award finalist for Art & Technology
2016 Apple Educator


1995 Bachelor of Science West Virginia University Music Education 

2000 Master of Science Duquesne University Comprehensive Principal Certification

2006 Doctorate Duquesne University Instructional Leadership

2009 Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility Duquesne University Educational Administration


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