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Laura Thomas

Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal and the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

After 10 years teaching speech, theater, and English in Kansas, Missouri, and Massachusetts, Laura joined the faculty at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. She's been the director of the Center for School Renewal (the service wing of the Education Department) ever since, doing school coaching and professional development for schools across the country and supporting a network of colleagues worldwide.

At AUNE, she also coordinates the Critical Skills Program (a K–12 teaching methodology that combines project-based learning, social and emotional learning, and 21st-century skills in meaningful, authentic contexts), as well as the Educational Technology Integrator and Library Media Specialist certificate programs (both of which are rooted in Critical Skills). Finally, she's just begun the process of gaining alternative certification as a library media specialist in a small, rural K–6 public school.

Laura enjoys writing. She blogs at The Critical Skills Classroom and has published pieces in Edweek, EdweekTeacher, Kappan, and the Journal of Staff Development. She's also the author of Facilitating Authentic Learning (Corwin Press, 2012) and is pleased to be a community facilitator for Edutopia.

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