Laura Thomas, director of AUNE’s Center for School Renewal and a core faculty member in the Department of Education, has been named an Emerging Leader by PDK International, a global association of education professionals.
The PDK Emerging Leader program recognizes top educators under age forty from around the world for their leadership. A committee made up of PDK’s past Emerging Leaders selected the twenty honorees from a competitive field of applicants, based on their outstanding professional accomplishments.
In addition to being honored at the 2011 PDK International conference, honorees also have the opportunity to be published by PDK, apply for grants and participate in PDK initiatives.Â
Laura has been a school change coach and staff developer since 1995. Over the past ten years, she has also served as a high school English, speech, and theater educator in a variety of school settings, including rural, urban and suburban public and independent schools. She is the author of multiple publications, including The Buffy Factor, The Fork Debate, From Experience to Meaning: The Critical Skills Program, and Assessment in the Critical Skills Classroom.Â
“I am passionate about school change, instructional technology and educational justice,” Laura said. She is a member of PDK International and is actively involved with the Coalition of Essential Schools and the School Reform Initiative. Currently, Laura is the co-president of the New Hampshire affiliate of the National Staff Development Council.
Story courtesy of PDK International.