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Tom Vander Ark

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. 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, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.
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Pandemic Opportunity: Rethink Education Accountability

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Tom discusses what an updated accountability system may look like and what our school systems need to create equitable achievement.
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Paid Internships Propel Albuquerque Youth

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Tom shares how Future Focused Education has transitioned its internship program into a hybrid model to better support students through the pandemic.
A microschool in Wisconsin

The Biggest Source of Inequity Might Be the Way We Fund Schools

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In America, there are several sources of inequities in wealth and income but Tom looks to uncover what might be the biggest source of inequity—school funding.

Leaders Are Not the Chief Decider, They Are Decision Architects

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Decision making now includes more complexity, more stakeholders, and more agreements needed to be reached. Leaders need better tools and templates to make better decisions yielding coherent and effective change.
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Invention Opportunity: Creating a Shared Reality

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In the first of the Invention Opportunity series, Tom discusses the importance of shared reality - a necessity of leadership and systems.
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15 Invention Opportunities in Learning

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By: Tom Vander Ark. The pandemic quickly shifted modalities and use patterns and resulted in new capabilities and stretched perceptions of possibilities. Tom shares 15 opportunities for invention in learning.

The Future Of Learning Is Smart Measurement Rather Than Dumb Assessments

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The future of learning is smart measurement-- a collection of authentic and adaptive observations over time. The results help learners understand their growth and tell their stories.

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