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Learning Studios: Team Up for Deeper Learning

Thomas Carroll, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF)

This session presents Learning Studios, a program that restructures schools to engage teachers and students in deeper learning and to develop 21st century skills. Cross-disciplinary teams of teachers collaborate with workforce partners to develop project-based learning opportunities that engage students with real-world problems. School administrators have used Learning Studios as a platform where teachers can implement innovative research-based practices that step outside of the standard 45-minute class period where teachers and content are currently siloed.


About the Presenter:
Thomas Carroll, President, National Commission on Teaching and America's Future
Thomas (Tom) Carroll leads the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF). Its mission is to empower educators who are transforming their schools from teaching organizations into learning organizations. Carroll founded the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (“PT3”) program, and created the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants Program at U.S. Ed. He was the first director of technology planning and evaluation for the E-Rate program. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Education’s liaison to the Corporation for National Service during the launch of AmeriCorps. He was deputy director of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, prior to which he was director of National Research Centers and Regional Laboratories at the National Institute of Education (NIE). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho from 1967–1969. Carroll taught and did research in the School of Education at Clark University, and holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo.