Category: Events

The Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab

January 21, 2021

In November of 2020, New City School announced the opening and dedication of The Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab. Here’s what they said… On Friday, October 16th, Head of School Alexis Wright and a very small group of masked and socially-distanced former Board Presidents and former faculty celebrated the dedication and opening of New City’s newest classroom, The Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab consists of 2,500 square feet of […]

Microsoft’s Teaching Happiness Team

June 10, 2020

In early February, Tom was interviewed about empathy by Microsoft’s Teaching Happiness team. He recently commented “The need for more empathy in our society has been vividly illustrated by the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and racism that we confront today. While their causes and costs are very different, yet both terribly deleterious, a big step in addressing them begins with taking the time to understand others and appreciate how they […]

Tom Co-Teaching UMSL Graduate Seminar

May 29, 2019

Tom and Dr. Mindy Bier, Associate Director for the UMSL Center for Character and Citizenship, are creating and co-teaching a course this summer, EDUC 6408 Graduate Seminar: Cultivating Virtue in Leaders. It is designed to give K-12 administrators the knowledge and tools to implement character education and SEL in their schools. The classes will be interactive, drawing from students’ experiences and perceptions, and supporting collegial growth. Students will respond to […]

Grace-St. Luke’s School Visit

February 12, 2018

Tom visited Grace-St.Luke’s School in Memphis, Tennessee in September to give an initial presentation on The Formative Five and meet with administrators. In February, he returned to meet the faculty and facilitated a sharing session, met with administrators, and presented an evening parent session. Tom believes the school is doing some very impressive activities on character development and The Formative Five. In this photo, Tom is sharing with faculty members […]

Springfield Guidance Counselors

January 10, 2018

Last year, Tom presented The Formative Five to all of the school guidance counselors in the Springfield, MO public schools. Can you identify him in the picture?          

PEAC Conference in Manila

January 5, 2018

In October, Tom spoke at the PEAC Conference in Manila and presented a keynote address to 3,300 educators. The conference was primarily for non-public teachers and principals, and they were very eager to hear how the Formative Five could be included in a school’s curriculum and classroom instruction. In the afternoon, he continued the focus on the Formative Five with a two-hour workshop that included specific strategies and thoughts on […]

MENA Teacher Summit Conference in Dubai

October 11, 2017

Tom spoke at the MENA Teacher Summit Conference in Dubai in early October. He was a keynote speaker on The Formative Five and also presented a pre-conference session on school culture. The conference was attended by hundreds of educators from UAE, Egypt, Qatar, Singapore, Shanghai, and Iran. Tom notes that from talking with teachers and principals, he was struck by how much in common. The number one complaint of educators […]

Commencement Address, College of Education, University of Missouri, St. Louis

May 14, 2017

Tom speaking at the UM-St. Louis College of Education graduation ceremony. Thank you, Chancellor. I appreciate the honor of being asked to speak at graduation and I appreciate the honor of receiving an honorary doctorate. Happy Mother’s Day! Even more, congratulations to all of our graduates. You know, it’s easy to be concerned about the world. If you read the newspaper, watch the television, or listen to the radio, it […]


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