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Tom Vander Ark

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities, Getting Smart and The Power of Place. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

The Power of Place

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“The Power of Place” describes how schools have adopted place-based programs as a way to better engage students and the idea of community as the classroom is more relevant today than ever before.

Hard Reset: What Will Be New Post Pandemic

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As the emergency brake was pulled on the economy last week, almost everything shut down. Many were laid off, others are trying to figure out how to work from home. The disruption is establishing new baselines in work, learning, healthcare, and governance. In fact, it’s a hard reset on everything.

On the Move to Online Learning

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In the midst of school closures nationally, Tom Vander Ark shares suggestions on how to develop the next steps for supporting remote learners.

Competency Tracking Tools Are Overdue

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It’s time for modern solutions for schools trying to develop the 2030 workforce.

The New Mutuality

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More than ever, the climate crisis and the rise of AI mean we’re all in this together. It’s time for community conversations about the implications of this new age of mutuality.

Where High School Starts with Leadership and Design Thinking

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Imagine a high school that started with design thinking and leadership training. Imagine having the opportunity to prototype a solution to a community problem and earn a provisional patent. For students at a Kansas City high school, it's a reality.
Crosstown High School students

Crosstown High: Innovative Memphis School in a Vertical Urban Village

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One of the most innovative schools in the country is located in one of the most innovative buildings in the country. Students at Crosstown High spend most of their school day on the fourth and fifth floor of Crosstown Concourse, a million-square-foot renovated Sears office and distribution center opened in 2017 just east of downtown Memphis

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