Senior Education Advisor, e-Luminate
Dr. Therese “Terry” Crane is an educational consultant who works with companies and institutions that are seeking to move through the 21st century with real solutions for challenging issues. She serves as the Senior Education Advisor to the e-Luminate Group educational technology consulting practice. Dr. Crane applies her understanding of technology to transform educational practices.
With more than 30 years of experience as an educator, business executive, and technology expert, Dr. Crane has been widely recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative leaders in educational technology. In 1999, eSchool News selected Dr. Crane as one of the “Impact 30″—top movers and shakers for educational technology for the decade.
Dr. Crane was the former Vice President for Education and Family Products at AOL. She was responsible for the education strategy and initiatives, including AOL@SCHOOL, Online Learning, and Parenting categories serving 34 million homes and schools worldwide. She served as the AOL Education Advisor from 2003 to 2007.
Dr. Crane was President of Jostens Learning Corporation, where she oversaw the management of the company’s K-12 software business and served as the key liaison to the education community. She facilitated the sale of Jostens to Ripplewood Investments in 1999. In the 1990s, Dr. Crane led Apple Computer’s highly successful, multibillion-dollar North American Education Division. In 1996, as Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Strategic Marketing, she developed long-term strategies for the consumer, education, publishing, and scientific-technical markets.
Dr. Crane was co-chairman of the national CEO Forum for Education and Technology. The forum published a yearly report on the state of technology in U.S. schools from 1997–2002. As the 2003 Chairman of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Dr. Crane led corporations and educators to set a vision for 21st century learning.
Dr. Crane serves on the boards of Tutor.com, National American University, and is the Non-Executive Chairman of Nobel Learning Communities Inc. She serves on the National Education Association Foundation Board and was a 7-year trustee and chairman of the National School Boards Foundation.
As a former board member for Questia Inc, TestU, and AlphaSmart, she has been involved with selling, merging, and taking education companies public. As a former board member for Camden Learning Corporation, the first Education SPAC, she participated in a successful purchase of an education company for the publically traded SPAC.
An active participate in the education industry, Dr. Crane has been on the advisory boards for EdNet, the Software and Information Industry Association Board, and the Education Industry Investment Forum Board. She currently serves on the Blackboard K-12 Advisory Board.
A native of Texas, Dr. Crane has a doctoral degree in educational leadership and a master’s in early childhood education from the University of North Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Crane began her career in the classroom, serving the Richardson (TX) Independent School District first as an elementary school teacher and, later, intermediate principal. Intrigued by the possibilities personal computers held for her gifted and talented students, Dr. Crane designed and implemented the district’s first technology plan in 1983.