Thomas Sauer to give Keynote Address at the 2013 CT COLT Fall Conference
Thomas Sauer, the 2013 Fall Conference Keynote Speaker
Thomas Sauer, an Educational Entrepreneur, is currently working as Learning and Innovation Specialist for Fayette County Public Schools and Director of Design and Communication for AdvanceLearning. Previously, he served as World Language Specialist for school systems in major urban areas such as Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky where Thomas was instrumental in guiding teachers to design units of study and implement articulated proficiency-based programs and assessments. Other professional experiences include teaching German face-to-face at the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College and through distance learning at Kentucky Educational Television.
Always looking for new ways to learn with and from teachers, Thomas has worked for the Kentucky Department of Education Foreign Language Teachers Academies, directed the Kentucky World Language Teacher Network, and presents frequently at state, regional, and national conferences. He has directed a variety of state and federal grants, most recently as program consultant and program director for several successful STARTALK student and teacher programs. Thomas has served as President of the Kentucky World Language Association as well as on the Board of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages and the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Currently he is serving on the ACTFL Board of Directors and is the Convention Chair for the 2014 ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo. Most recently, Thomas was one of the authors of two national framework publications impacting today’s world language classrooms: the P21 World Languages Skills Map and the Teacher Effectiveness in Foreign Languages Project.
Named a "Global Visionary" by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky & Southern Indiana in 2010 and the Pearson Supervisor of the Year by the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages in 2011, Thomas has turned his attention to using a global professional learning network (PLN) to work on his new passions: making the shift from teaching to learning, 21st Century skills and literacies, effective use of technology to facilitate learning, and bringing transparency to educational institutions and organizations. Through his work for the newly found non-profit organization AdvanceLearning, a growing series of local (un)conferences, frequent participation in the weekly #langchat sessions, and sharing of resources through social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, Thomas is helping teachers around the world take charge of their own professional learning.
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