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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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