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

Day in the life of online learner; limited social networks

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1. Read Learning Without Limits for a good description of a 5th graders day in Florida Virtual School.  2. Despite all the...

Incentives for Equitable Education

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The US Education Department (USED) will soon be writing checks totaling more than $100 billion (yes that's a b) to states...

Edu-innovation will improve quality, expand choice

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A charter school investor asked me what innovation had to do with school choice.   The answer is that adaptive content--engaging,...

This video will change LA, then USA

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Parent Revolution offers a simple powerful promise—get 51% of parents to sign up and in 3 years you get a transformed...

Challenges for Charter Schools

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Read this important piece from AEI on Challenges for Charter Schools. Hess makes some good points about the challenge of...

Community organizing in a post school district world

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“What will happen when school districts go bankrupt or are taken over by the state?” a community organizer asked. He...

Mission scaling

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It’s tough for non-profit organizations to find scaling capital—especially now. Donations come and go. Foundations provide restricted grants...

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