Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
Tom Carroll is a cultural anthropologist, who began his community development career in the Peace Corps in Lesotho (1967-69). He is a proponent of Margaret Mead’s theory that cultures with a 3-generational learning tradition—which values the knowledge of elders, the know-how of parents, and the creativity of children—are more resilient when adapting to rapid environmental change. This is why Learning Studios are, at their heart, cross-generational learning communities, where every member (novice and experienced) yearns to know more, do more, and innovate more. We created Learning Studios to help educators adapt to a perfect storm that may overwhelm traditional school systems that are no longer fiscally viable or educationally sound. Studios will help them navigate the transition to an open learning ecosystem, in which schools are becoming hubs in a global learning network. Studios transform the teaching and learning culture, creating new roles for accomplished Boomers who want to pursue encore careers in education without becoming full-time teachers. Studios respond to Millennials in their twenties, who will pursue multiple careers, by giving them an opportunity to make significant contributions to student achievement as studio team members without committing 30 years to stand-alone teaching. Finally, and most importantly, studios respond to today’s youth, the most connected generation in history, who are creating a blend of face-to-face and digital learning networks, giving them access to expertise and learning resources extending far beyond traditional school boundaries.