Posts by Caroline Vander Ark


Big Push for Small Schools Grants

The A Big Push for Small Schools program plans to roll out up to 20 grants, to fast-track the influence and scalability of select microschool models across the entire K-12 spectrum. We’re looking for diverse national models that utilize various funding methods. Our selection priority is to support models that cater to historically under-served communities.


Improving Organizational Culture: The What vs. The Why

The start of a new year is a great time to take a personal, team, and organization pulse and set intentions which will help carry you throughout the year. One helpful exercise for all organizations to go through is to reexamine both the organization’s “why” and each team member’s personal “why”.

Place Based Education

Learning Gardens Provide Equity, Access and Great Food

Caroline Vander Ark has long appreciated community and school gardens but worried that they often didn’t connect to student learning and create a lasting impact. However, when she heard about the work of Big Green she was intrigued and reached out to Kate Waller, who manages their national growth to learn more.

Personalized Learning

Designing the Classroom of the Future: Technology as a Force Multiplier

By: Caroline Vander Ark. It’s my mission to ensure that all students have access to high quality personalized learning options. Technology can help us get there faster and bridge the divide that too many students still face. The innovative use of technology allows educators to reconfigure the traditional K-12 classroom and redesign schools to create personalized learning solutions that better serve all students.


Getting Smart on Data Interoperability

This Smart Bundle features case studies from the perspective of educators and administrators, as well as a series of profiles that share how companies are thinking, planning and guiding their product development process to address these user needs.