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Tom Vander Ark

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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.
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Alive With Possibility: 20 Tips for Creating Responsive Schools

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Responsive schools create a culture of possibility for youth by giving voice to their interests today and exposing them to opportunities for tomorrow. They enable success in what’s next—in work, learning, and community service.

Should Skills Training Replace Higher Education?

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Here are four new rules for today's high school students who are considering their next move to college or career.

How States Can Jumpstart the Future of Learning

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State policymakers can prepare students for the future by ensuring all kids have educational opportunities and skills needed for the future of work.

Making a BIG Difference: Unleashing Talent, Inspiring Innovators

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Iowa BIG connects students to their communities, enabling the learning of core academics and 21st century skills through real-world projects.

Hands Down Voices Up: An Invitation to Practice Good

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An interactive, student-focused summit in Boise encourages young people to share stories and strategies to inspire, organize, and lead a national movement to empower positive change in the world.

ConnectEd Links Learning to Career Pathways

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ConnectEd is taking Linked Learning national through long-term often grant-funded district partnerships. This month we observed two of these partnerships in action.  

Learning to Make a Difference at One Stone

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One Stone believes that learners in every environment can find their voice and use it for good. Here's how its high school students are impacting communities, pursuing passions, and thinking globally.

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