Posts by Tom Vander Ark

New Pathways

Inviting Learners into Work That Matters

We’ve found pockets of excellence in three dozen high school visits this spring and where we’ve spotted evidence of deeper learning (i.e., engagement, critical thinking, excellent public products) it’s been work that matters to the learner and their community-- it’s relevant, purposeful, and consequential work.


New Problems, Diverse Teams, Smart Tools

Every secondary and postsecondary learner deserves at least a couple of cycles each year of opportunity spotting, team-based solution designing, and feeling the satisfaction of delivering public impact.

Future of Learning

The Math of Making Wine

After four seasons, Marcus Rafanelli joined L’Ecole as Winemaker and his story underscores the value of work-based learning in high school and college.