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Tom Vander Ark

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 Education Board Partners. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

Promoting Pathways to Good Jobs: Strada Education Network

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

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

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

Social Media Jacked Your Attention And Sold It, How to Get It Back and...

Tom dives into the challenges of social media as it has created an extractive attention economy. This blog delivers promising solutions that have the ability to turn the table and put people back in charge of their data.

Cameras Everywhere: The Ethics of Eyes in the Sky

With advancements in AI development and deployment, especially in surveillance, it is time for companies, trade groups and standards bodies to set transparent agreements.

Beware of Bias and Value Variability As You Promote Persistence

Tom Vander Ark explores persistence and shares ACT’s holistic framework’s value determination of “ability to sustain effort” as an important predictor for education and work success. Learn more on the blog he unpacks valuable lessons along his journey that defined the power of persistence.

Leading Education Foundation Promotes Race Equity, Vows to Fight Racism

Tom sits down with Nick Donohue, the president of Nellie Mae Education Foundation, to discuss racial inequities in education and the foundation’s mission to promote racial equity through a more culturally relevant, student-centered approach to grant and policy-making.