From ACTFL 09:

"Your session was fantastic! Not very many "oh" moments, but a bunch of "OMG" moments! Thank you! :)"

From Lexington, SC, Sept, 2009:

"I just wanted to thank you for your hard work and the challenges and inspiration you brought to OUR Lexington today. It was very affirming for many of us as well as enlightening and challenging. Your presentation was exactly what we needed! You were so well prepared and did a fantastic job. I would imagine that you will be hearing from us about coming back again and I hope you will consider it. It has been such a pleasure to work with you and get to know you better.

Thank you for your insight, your ideas and for sharing pieces of yourself with us. I look forward to collaborating with you more in the future!"

Letter from officials at the US Dept. of Ed, following the briefing on July 23, 2009

Picture of the briefing "Team"

Blog posting from the NBPTS presentation:

Tom was the first presenter at the NASDTEC Annual Conference held June 1-4, in Providence, RI. His session “School Reform, a 1972 Zenith TV and Other Things for the Attic: Teacher Education and Certification in the Post Reform Age” was specifically targeted to the needs of our conference attendees. He was very informative, high energy, and most importantly, thought provoking. He made such an impression, that our members were still talking about his session on the final day of our conference. -- Kathy DeFelice

I saw [a colleague] over the weekend and told her how your presentation at [the] meeting had impacted me. I got a copy of the PowerPoint you used and I've reviewed it a number of times. What impacted me the most was the challenge that you gave all of us to think differently. You held up your iPod and asked how many of us had one. Up to the point I thought iPods were only for my daughter's generation and younger. I put an iPod on my wish list for Christmas and received one. As a result, I got hooked. Big time! I came back to the office and started
talking about changes that we needed to make.

Thank you for giving me that challenge as well as others. I appreciate the work you do and would like to be kept up to date on other ideas that you may have for improving education. " -- Janice Poda, SC Dept of Education -- used by permission

"Your morning presentation was exceptional – it was motivational and stimulated our cognitive processing by challenging us to reconsider basic assumptions."

"I really appreciated how you demonstrated the tension between what is most beneficial for students and what may be most convenient for schools and the institution of public education. I know that the small discussion groups benefited from your joining their conversations. Someone described you as a “cool guy with a lot of visionary, yet practical, ideas.” I echo that compliment!"

"You did a masterful job in summing up the day and moving our thinking forward to how our organization and its member organizations can contribute to major challenges."

"Thank you for your thought-provoking keynote. Many people have told me how much thay enjoyed it and how your presentation has made them think about things differently." -- Valerie Woodruff, Secretary of Education, Delaware Department of Education

South Dakota

On behalf of the South Dakota World Languages Association I'd like to thank you very much for the wonderful presentation you gave us at our annual conference. We appreciate all the information, and also the fact that your presentation gave basis for a lively, constructive discussion and a lot of thought afterwards.

Thank you again for your time and uplifting energy. -- Andrea McKenzie


I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation yesterday. You gave me a lot to think about and challenged my thinking which I liked. I would love to have a copy of your presentation.

I hope to have the opportunity to hear you speak again. By the way, I'm going to buy myself an iPod as soon as I get home.