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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.

How new should a new school be?

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During a recent AdvanceIE.org school design session, I was struck by the challenge of designing a high school right now.  If...

EIA members know how to teach kids

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Some people know how to teach a class.  Some people know how to teach kids.  Most folks that run tutoring centers...

ADVANCE Innovative Education school design session

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One of my favorite activities is spending time with smart people thinking about new schools.  ADVANCE innovative Education, a provider of...

School of One: pilot project lives up to its name

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Education changed on July 6 at PS131 when Joel Rose and an intrepid group of teachers opened a sixth grade summer...

Obama's Grad Initiative is Promising

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This week President Obama called for the creation of the American Graduation Initiative, a $12 billion effort to encourage degree completion...

The college access formula

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A local Rotary group adopted a high need school and asked me “What’s the formula for getting kids into college?” There are...

10 friends, clients, and portfolio companies that would make good philanthropic investments

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1. Advance Innovative Education : alternative teacher and leader certification in Louisiana.  Leader development is like NLNS but with entrepreneurship component...

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