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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 Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

Where Can You Make the Biggest Difference?

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Strengths and interests dominate our career choices, but what would happen if we added effective altruism in the mix?

SPARK Schools: Scaling Affordable Excellence in South Africa

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Seven years after its founding by two MBA grads, the SPARK network serves over 10,600 South African students.

Work Experiences Are as Important to Career Prep as School

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Work experiences can be as important as formal education (high school and college in particular) in terms of shaping career preferences and readiness.

The Case for Contribution: Why Schools Should Empower Difference Making

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In the absence of a religious community or as a supplement for encouragement toward the common good, schools can support contribution with great benefit.
El Paso superintendent Juan Cabrera talking to teachers at Franklin High

How to Innovate Without Getting Fired

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For educators itching to innovate, there are five tips that will build support and mitigate risk. They may slow you down initially, but it’s a case of go slow to go fast.

3 Reasons to Refresh Your Vision of Powerful Learning

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Tom outlines three things that may cause you to reconsider your personal picture of powerful learning experiences

Swap Algebra 2 for Data Science, Get a 1-Point Bump in GDP

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Current math instruction discourages some students from attending and completing a degree and gaining meaningful employment.

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