Areas of educational interest: Transforming schools from teaching institutions into learning organizations that enable people of all ages to learn more, do more, and create more throughout their lives.
Why I’m involved in Education Fast Forward: We have an unprecedented opportunity to create borderless learning culture that fosters a sense of common purpose through collaborative knowledge development and constructive problem solving.
“EFF nurtures a borderless learning ecosystem that empowers educators around the world to join forces as they tackle significant learning challenges. EFF turns McLuhan’s global village into a global learning community.”
Tom Carroll leads the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) in its mission to empower educators who are transforming their schools from teaching organizations into learning organizations. He also founded the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) program and created the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants Program at US Ed.
Tom was the first Director of Technology Planning and Evaluation for the E-Rate program, and served as the US Secretary of Education’s liaison to the Corporation for National Service during the launch of AmeriCorps. He was also 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).
Tom taught and conducted research in the School of Education at Clark University and holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho from 1967–1969.
Tom says: “We once thought of learning as preparation for life. We now understand that learning is life. We need to transform schools from teaching organizations into learning cultures that enable people of all ages to develop the inquiry-based knowledge, creative abilities, and collaborative problem-solving skills they will use throughout their lives. We need a digitally integrated worldwide learning network to fully understand and sustain a biodiverse planet. We need to ensure that every learner has an opportunity to participate in a global learning community that preserves the heritage, embraces the diversity, and nurtures the creativity of world cultures.”