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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, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

How New Tech Schools Jumpstarted El Paso’s Education Transformation

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In the second blog for a short series on school district transformation, Tom outlines how the school network New Tech Network helped to transform El Paso Independent Schoool District (EPISD).
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From Test Prep To Active Learning: The El Paso Transformation

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In a new short series, Tom documents a seven-year transformation of an urban school district in crisis and focused on test prep to a national leader in active learning.
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Composer Helps Teachers To String Together Citizenship Learning Experiences

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Composer has created a platform that curated citizenship education resources from more than 30 content providers for teachers from around the world to use in their classrooms.

Startup Tackling Systemic Racism With Virtual Reality Training

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Tackling topics like systemic racism can be difficult in the workplace or classroom. Morgan Mercer saw an opportunity to use VR to create immersive learning experiences on topics such as racial discrimination and gender inequality through her venture-backed startup, Vantage Point.

Students Earn AA Degrees and Job Offers as Grads from IBM Supported High Schools

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IBM has long been a supporter of early-college and dual enrollment schools. Tom discusses how these opportunities provide work experiences while gaining accelerated and affordable access to college.

On Spreading Learning Innovations: Pandemic Update

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Innovations in learning is one of the most important change forces for good, and developing new ways to scale quality will be as important as new approaches to learning in the future.

Leaning into the Innovation Opportunity

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In preparation for the next school year, school leaders need to be mindful of three innovation opportunities focusing on the success skills of thriving humans.

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