Groups making a difference

DFER:  Joe Williams and a strong board continue to push the Ds to support real accountability and real choice. 

CA Charter Assoc:   Jeb Wallace has kicked CCSA advocacy into high gear—both CA and national.

ConnCAN: we’d be in a much different place if every state had an Alex Johnston and an advocacy group like ConnCAN

UVSO:  I’ve been visiting community-based organizations providing youth & family services like Unified Vailsburg in Newark, as well as groups in Queens (Sports & Arts, Sunnyside Community Services, SAYA), Bronx (East Side House), and Brooklyn, and continue to be impressed with the caliper of leadership, the commitment to community, and the entrepreneurship despite a funding crisis.  

Tom - Speaking Engagements

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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