Thomas Sauer, an Educational Entrepreneur, is a visionary thinker, designer and change facilitator, and Director of Design and Communication for AdvanceLearning, a newly found non-profit organization focused on identifying teacher effectiveness in non-core subject areas and empowering educators to become more effective. Previously, he served as World Language Specialist for school systems in major urban areas such as Louisville, Kentucky where Thomas was instrumental in guiding teachers to design units of study learning resources and implement articulated proficiency-based programs and assessments. Other professional experiences include teaching German at the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, the Kentucky Institute for International Studies and through a nationally distributed distance learning series at Kentucky Educational Television.
Passionate about helping others make the shift from teaching to learning and always looking for new ways to learn with and from teachers, Thomas is a sought-after workshop facilitator, curriculum developer and keynote speaker. He works throughout the country with school districts, universities, professional organizations and other educational entities on curriculum and assessment development, 21st Century skills and literacies, effective use of technology to facilitate learning, and bringing transparency to educational institutions and organizations.
Thomas 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 and a multi-year Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant. He most recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), after previously having served as President of the Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) as well as on the Board of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages (NADSFL) and the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL). Thomas was one of the authors of two national framework publications impacting todayâ€™s world language classrooms: the P21 World Languages Skills Map (published by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills) and the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) 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) in order to help teachers around the world take charge of their own professional learning.