CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Tom Corcoran

Co-Director, CPRE

Professional Biography

Thomas B. Corcoran is Co-director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). Previously, Corcoran served as Policy Advisor for Education for New Jersey Governor Jim Florio, Director of School Improvement for Research for Better Schools, and Director of Evaluation and Chief of Staff of the New Jersey Department of Education. He has served as a consultant to urban school districts and national foundations on improving school effectiveness and equity and on two National Research Council study committees addressing K-8 science and the framework for Next Generation science standards.

Corcoran’s research interests include strategies for improving instruction, the use of research findings and clinical expertise to inform instructional policy and practice, the effectiveness of different approaches to professional development, knowledge management systems for schools, and the impact of changes in work environments on the productivity of teachers and students.


Inquiry Based Science and Technology Education Program (IN-STEP), The Review and Revision of National Standards For Mathematics and Science in Thailand, Project Upgrade, Supporting Instructional Improvement in Jordan, Jerusalem Schools Network, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

Areas of Expertise

  • School reform
  • Teacher education
  • Educational policy
  • Strategies to improve teaching