Thomas B. Corcoran is Associate Vice President of International Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University, Co-director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) and leads research and development projects for TC in Jordan and Thailand as well as in the US. His research interests focus on the connections between research and practice. Mr. Corcoran began his career as an educator with TC's Teachers for East Africa program, and subsequently has served as Director of Peace Corps Training at Syracuse University, Director of Evaluation and Chief of Staff of the New Jersey Department of Education, Director of School Improvement for Research for Better Schools, and Policy Advisor for Education for New Jersey Governor Jim Florio. He has served on two National Research Council Study Committees and as advisor to a number of foundations. He has over 40 years of experience designing school improvement and professional development programs.