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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of 4.0 Schools, eduInnovation, Digital Learning Institute, Imagination Foundation and Education Board Partners. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

Build Support, Innovate, Repeat: Agile Public Education in Colorado

By: Tom Vander Ark. With thoughtful sustained leadership, big school districts can earn community trust, establish and maintain rigorous academic standards, and become agile—even innovative. This is one district's story.
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Why Schools Need Signature Learning Experiences

Signature experiences and signature building blocks can promote model efficacy, prioritize important outcomes for students and serve to differentiate schools and networks.
Pavel Luksha interviewing Anthony Appiah at the Whittle School & Studio Retreat (TVA)

On Creating a University for the Planet

By Tom Vander Ark. University for the Planet is a big idea. But it just might start small with a few people coming together in community, sharing what they know, and making a contribution.  

Next-Gen Career Prep at St. Vrain Innovation Center

Tom visits the Innovation Center, part of St. Vrain Valley School District, where the students study how drones can support cybersecurity, robotics assist with biotechnology, and engineering in infused in entrepreneurship.
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Kahoot!: Kid’s Game That All the Fortune 500 Companies Use

By: Tom Vander Ark & Rachelle Dene Poth Launched in 2013 at SXSWedu, quiz platform Kahoot! was a hit; it spread virally. Now,...

Acton Academy: Hero Launch Pad Goes Global

“We believe each person who enters Acton Academy will find a calling that changes the world.” In a world where most schools...
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Dare to Imagine: The First Global School Opens in D.C. and Shenzhen

“Our job is to build the first modern school—not a little better but fundamentally, radically better.” That was Chris Whittle’s charge...