Schools Worth Visiting
For many years (at least until 2020), we visited about 100 innovative schools a year. It’s the most important form of professional learning we do for ourselves and for the educators that accompany us. It’s how we create and update a shared vision of powerful learning. This page features some…
What 100 School Visits Taught Us This Year
We visited more than 100 schools this year. About half were new schools (in the last 20 years) and the other half were (at least partially) transformed. They were in every corner of the country and ranged from tiny rural schools in Idaho to big schools in Chicago (and a few in Europe and Asia). As a year-end reflection, we identified 10 lessons.
Schools Out: Lessons Learned From Lindsay Unified School District
In our final episode of the Schools Out series, Tom speaks with Tom Rooney Superintendent of Lindsay Unified Public Schools. Listen in as they talk about lessons learned from Lindsay Unified Public Schools and how the community can play an active role in the future of learning.
School’s Out: Anywhere, Anytime Learning and the Role of Technology
In part two of the series, Tom is joined by Nate McClennan and Oscar Brinson as they discuss anywhere, anytime learning, the community as a classroom, the importance of guidance of advisory for learners, and the role AI and automation will play in the future or learning.
Better Together: Why Schools Should Work in Networks
In the latest episode of the Getting Smart podcast, Tom talks about the power of school networks and debriefs his new book, co-authored by Lydia Dobyns, Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks for Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning.
Brian Greenberg on Creating Great New Schools
Today’s episode is featuring a recent interview Tom Vander Ark had with Brian Greenberg on creating great schools.
Podcast: 20 Trends in 20 Minutes
In this special edition episode, Tom is flying solo to outline 20 global trends that learning leaders need to consider.
Getting Smart Podcast | Denver Public School System Exemplifies A Healthy Educational Ecosystem
In this podcast, Denver Public Schools education leaders share why their school system continues to lead when it comes to providing school choice for students and families.
Podcast: Patricia Deklotz on High School Transformation
Superintendent Patricia DeKlotz, a nationally recognized leader in personalized and competency-based learning, talks about smart suburban school redesign.
The Getting Smart Podcast: Season One Summary
We're celebrating our 40th episode of the Getting Smart Podcast this week as we wrap up Season One. Here is a list of all of the podcasts we've created with education leaders across the nation over the past year.