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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.
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

D.C. Students Learn New Skills In An Old Building: Washington Leadership Academy

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In a century-old building that once housed a seminary in northeast Washington, D.C. is a great college prep high school. It’s a bit “Oxford on the outside, Google on the inside.
Montour School District Students coding a Cozmo robot (Justin Aglio)

How to Teach Artificial Intelligence

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Every high school graduate should have an appreciation of how artificial intelligence is reshaping the economy and the career landscape—and the option of AI and data science-focused pathway that lead to college and meaningful high wage work.  
Helping Grads Tell Their Story: The Case for Extended Transcripts

Helping Grads Tell Their Story: The Case for Extended Transcripts

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Schools around the world are attempting to serve their students in more relevant and authentic ways such as offering extended transcripts enabling students to highlight further skills.
No Excuse Not to Teach Climate Crisis Mitigation and Adaptation

No Excuse Not to Teach Climate Crisis Mitigation and Adaptation

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The climate crisis and the rise of artificial intelligence will be the dominant issue in the lives of young people for the next 20 years and we have no excuse not teach them about it.

Clayton Christensen on Being Intentional

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Tom remembers Clayton Christensen, a renowned academic, businessman, and philanthropist. Clayton asked us to think hard about the forces that shape our work and life.

Show What You Know: A Parent’s Guide to the Global Shift to Competency

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Our education system has six big problems, but solutions spurred by global initiates are emerging to tackle these prevalent issues.

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