Tell Your Story: Generation Do-It-Yourself Pathways for School & Career

eduInnovation and Getting Smart in partnership with the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation  are excited to extend the deadline for a submission for the Generation Do-It-Yourself (GenDIY) thought leadership campaign!  This campaign about reimagining secondary and postsecondary education and career skills will explore the new generation building a global economy and experiences that are impact driven and entrepreneurial.
Submissions including blogs, video, and infographics will then be highlighted in a digital resource to be released in the Fall of 2016. A few additional details:

  • Blog Length: 1000 words
  • Images: We’d love to include a high resolution image (964×670), videos or supporting banner graphics.
  • Please send contributions to [email protected] + [email protected]

Charting & Beginning Your Own Course

At some point you decide it’s up to you, but how do you decide what to do? You have to take control because it’s up to you.

Rethinking High School & College

Because it’s not “one-size-fits-all-at-18, two or four years then you’re done” anymore. 

Learning on the Job 

That thing about having seven careers in a lifetime? Here’s how GenDIYers thrive on it. Work experience is as important as formal education.

  • Figure out what you need to know and be able to do
  • Working and learning
  • Finding or creating an internship
  • Learn for free: MOOC, OER, TED, apps & tools
  • Show what you know: sending signaling

GenDIY Tools

Tools, skills, and advice for (and from) GenDIY.


The drivers that are empowering opportunities and options. 

Each section will include stories by and about young adults charting their own course: internships that lead to great jobs; artists and online students; code school success stories; “dropouts” who turn to alternative education, and alt ed celebs.
See a topic you are an expert or have experience in? We’re making the case and making known the realities of students who are pursuing careers through alternative pathways. If your contribution is selected, we’ll post an edited version on Getting Smart, submit it to The Huffington Post, and incorporate it into an interactive eBook in the form of a quote, feature, or video.
Follow GenDIY stories here and on Twitter with #GenDIY. For more, check out:

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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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