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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 4.0 Schools, eduInnovation, Digital Learning Institute, Imagination Foundation and Charter Board Partners. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.
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What 100 School Visits Taught Us This Year

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We visited more than 100 schools this year. About half were new schools (in the last 20 years) and the other half were (at least partially) transformed. They were in every corner of the country and ranged from tiny rural schools in Idaho to big schools in Chicago (and a few in Europe and Asia). As a year-end reflection, we identified 10 lessons.

Why Experiential Education?

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To contribute now and in the future, young people deserve experiential learning--community connected challenges that build agency and collaboration, that cross disciplines and result in public products that make real contributions. Here's why experiential learning matters and five primary benefits.

What K-12 Students Should Know About Artificial Intelligence

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In May, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) launched the AI for K-12 Working Group (AI4K12) to define for artificial intelligence what students should know and be able to do. In this post, discover five big ideas, drafted by the steering committee, that every student should know.

Building 21: Bold Outcomes, Innovative Model, Next-Gen Network

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Building 21 is leveraging its network to promote access to personalized and competency-based learning for students through their outcome framework.

What Game Are You Playing: Improvement or Innovation?

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Improvement and innovation have different rules, expectations, and risks. The key is knowing which game you’re playing but getting the balance right between fostering innovation and fighting for equity may be the challenge of our time.

The Best Academic Schools in Tennessee Feature the Best Character Program in the Country

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Valor Collegiate Academies has been in the top 5 percent of Tennessee schools on growth and achievement every year since it started in 2014. But we visited Valor (seven miles south of the Country Music Hall of Fame in suburban southeast Nashville) because of the well-regarded Valor Compass, a holistic human-development program.

What Moment Are You In?

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Tom explores what the question "what moment are you in?" means for education leaders and how the answer to that question shapes education policy.

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