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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 Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

Work Experiences Are as Important to Career Prep as School

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Work experiences can be as important as formal education (high school and college in particular) in terms of shaping career preferences and readiness.

The Case for Contribution: Why Schools Should Empower Difference Making

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In the absence of a religious community or as a supplement for encouragement toward the common good, schools can support contribution with great benefit.
El Paso superintendent Juan Cabrera talking to teachers at Franklin High

How to Innovate Without Getting Fired

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For educators itching to innovate, there are five tips that will build support and mitigate risk. They may slow you down initially, but it’s a case of go slow to go fast.

3 Reasons to Refresh Your Vision of Powerful Learning

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Tom outlines three things that may cause you to reconsider your personal picture of powerful learning experiences

Swap Algebra 2 for Data Science, Get a 1-Point Bump in GDP

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Current math instruction discourages some students from attending and completing a degree and gaining meaningful employment.
Students in Singapore American School in unconventional seating

Alive With Possibility: 20 Tips for Creating Responsive Schools

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Responsive schools create a culture of possibility for youth by giving voice to their interests today and exposing them to opportunities for tomorrow. They enable success in what’s next—in work, learning, and community service.

Should Skills Training Replace Higher Education?

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Here are four new rules for today's high school students who are considering their next move to college or career.

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