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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.

Roundtable Rock Stars; a lottery in Harlem

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1. Philanthropy Roundtable members backs advocacy We don’t have many rock stars in education, but the few that exist were at...

Simply Kindness

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I come from a line of people committed to service.  Today we gathered to celebrate my grandmother’s 96 years of service.  Her...

Achievement gap amounts to permanent recession

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McKinsey released an important study on the American achievement gap—a gap between American and other developed countries, a gap between races,...

Private Capital in Public Education-Feedback

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1. Response from the Gadfly: But, of course, there’s a profound trade off. Vendors are not reformers. Consultants are not agitators. Advisors...

Bloomberg & urban mayors should control schools

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School districts are a strange American anachronism—no other country delivers public education through strong local authorities. This strange historical remnant is...

Read new AEI white paper on edu innovation

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American Enterprise Institute suggests an entrepreneurial approach to most problems we face including education.  They recently published my white paper Private Capital & Public...

Indian innovation capital flowing to edu

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Times of India, drawing on "Private Equity Pulse-Education," reports that 80% of private equity and venture capital firms see education as...

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