Thomas R. Hoerr

Meet Tom

Thomas R. Hoerr, PhD retired after leading the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri for 34 years and is now the Emeritus Head of School. He is currently a Scholar In Residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and teaches in the Educational Leadership program, preparing prospective principals. He also led the ISACS New Heads Network and founded the Non-Profit Management Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Hoerr has written five books, and his newest, Taking Social Emotional Learning Schoolwide: The Formative Five Success Skills for Students and Staff, will be published in December. He has written more than 150 articles, including “The Principal Connection” column in Educational Leadership Magazine from 2004 to 2017.



The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs

For success in school and life, students need more than proficiency in academic subjects and good scores on tests; those goals should form the floor, not the ceiling, of their education. To truly thrive, students need to develop attributes that aren't typically measured on standardized tests. In this lively, engaging book by veteran school leader Thomas R. Hoerr, educators will learn how to foster the "Formative Five" success skills that today's students need, including empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity and grit.



"Tom is such wise and personable presenter. I valued his honesty when he shared not only his successes but those times when he made mistakes, or reflected openly how he could have handled something differently, and was open enough to share these with us. This is such an important value in any leader and the way he shared his reflections showing this humility."

Maree Bathurst, Principal, Albany Primary, Auckland, New Zealand


How well we prioritize is a key to success.

What's Important?

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

There are many ways to be smart.

Multiple Ways to Learn

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection

What’s the message from the halls and walls?

The Schoolhouse at Midnight

Published in Educational Leadership® Magazine, The Principal Connection



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