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Tom Vander Ark is author of 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 4.0 Schools, eduInnovation, Digital Learning Institute, Imagination Foundation and Charter Board Partners. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

#IRL: 20 Tips for Real Life Learning

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Join Tom Vander Ark on the blog as he outlines 20 tips on how to boost engagement and relevance with real-world learning.

Why Schools Need Research and Design Space

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Join Tom Vander Ark on the blog as he explores Beaver Country Day School's Research + Design Center, a state-of-the-art innovation hub designed to promote student-driven learning.

Purdue Poly: Driven By Equity, Solving Community Challenges

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Join Tom and Emily on the blog as they share Purdue Polytechnic High School's mission to promote equity and provide students with hands-on, team-based, challenging learning experiences.

Engineering Good in the World

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The Humanitarian Engineering (HE) program at the Colorado School of Mines brings together engineering and social science professors to transform the ways engineers are taught to think, define and solve problems with communities.

Promoting Pathways to Good Jobs: Strada Education Network

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National non-profit, Strada Education Network, focuses on adult learners, underrepresented populations, low-income and first-generation students through increased career preparation that lie in high-demand career pathways. Tom shares their focused path to supporting the future of work.

Mobile App From Big Picture Learning Identifies and Manages Student Internships

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Big Picture Learning creates, Imblaze, an app designed to connect youth with internship opportunities. Learn more as Tom shares how the platform works to provide students with real-world learning experiences, mentor support and post-secondary planning.

Contribution: Programs Alive with Possibility

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Tom highlights 11 programs and community organizations that provide students with opportunities to identify and make their unique contributions to the future of everything.

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