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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark
Tom Vander Ark is author of 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, Charter Board Partners and Bloomboard. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

How Schools Develop Student Agency

Given the rate of change in the world, helping young people take charge of their own learning is more important than ever. Here, I look at two EdLeaders' thoughts on how schools can help develop this mindset in students.

Creating Reliable Hope in the Face of Rural Poverty

ForwARd Arkansas is taking on learning inequity challenges in rural areas of the state by convening and supporting a group of school districts with the goal of helping every Arkansas student graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace.

An Integrated Approach to Academic and Social Supports

In our latest publication, Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse make the case for college readiness, relay the story of the academic and social-support-driven AVID program, and illustrate how partnerships can enhance college, career and life readiness initiatives.

AltSchool: Designing the Future of Learning

For the past four years, AltSchool has been building a technology-enabled network to empower and connect families, students and teachers. Learn more about what else this innovative school is working toward.

Getting Smart Podcast | AVID: An Integrated Approach to College Readiness

In this podcast, Sandy Husk, CEO of AVID, discusses how this college and career ready system began, and how it helps create college-going cultures in schools through critical teacher professional development.

Structures Drive Behavior: Right is Magic, Wrong is Deadly

Most of us work and learn in networks, and the first role of a leader is getting the system's conditions, connections and culture right. Here are 10 lessons on effective network structures and examples of each in education.

Infographic | Academic and Social Supports Matter for College Readiness

Of today’s high school graduates, data shows many are inadequately prepared for college. College-ready transcripts and college enrollment numbers are declining. In this infographic, we take a deeper look, and examine one successful strategy that has helped.