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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.
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Santa Ana Unified Creating Incredible Pathways for Students K-12

When people think of large urban districts, they often think about all the challenges that they face. And it’s true--large urban districts often have to overcome many hurdles. But these challenges are not insurmountable, and Santa Ana Unified proves it.

Getting Smart Podcast | It’s Time to Update Your Graduate Profile – Here’s How

Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21, shares more about the "Profile of a Graduate" campaign, created to help districts, parents, students and community leaders to envision the essential competencies for a successful graduate in their community.
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Projects That Learn

If you’re a school or district leader contemplating a transformation effort, consider structuring the change agenda as a leadership development agenda, mixing change management with talent development to create projects that learn.

Competitive, Coherent, Creative: The 21st Century School District

It’s time for district leaders to create clarity and coherence by making crystal clear how things are supposed to work. To accomplish that, it’s a good time to reexamine why school districts exist, how they work and what value they add.

New Tech Network Powers A Common Learning Model & Unique Missions

New Tech Network powers a wide range of schools, but just because they share a learning model and platform doesn't mean they're all the same--they are urban and rural, STEM-focused and arts-focused, magnet schools and dropout recovery schools. Learn more here.

Getting Smart Podcast | Making the City the Text at High Tech High

In this podcast episode, High Tech High leaders Larry Rosenstock, Jeff Robin and Kaleb Rashad share musings about student projects, starting new schools, hiring teachers and why the city the school is located in is so important.
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Powering Personalized Learning in Chicago

On a recent school tour trip to Chicago, we visited three schools creating powerful personalized learning environments that serve their unique student population and communities.