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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.

High School Turnaround Green Dot Style

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The biggest question in education may be ‘how to turn around failing schools?”  We’ve learned a lot about how to dramatically...

Bill Ayers on teaching

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"Education is always and everywhere about opening doors, opening minds, opening possibilities.  Education is about opening your eyes and seeing for...

Joel Klein on Transforming Teaching

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Here's a great HuffPost from Joel Klein on transforming the teaching profession: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-klein/transforming-the-teaching_b_200616.html Eliminating the racial and ethnic achievement gap in our nation’s...

In favor of Humanities

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In an engineering curriculum crowded with plug-n-crank, Drama was one of the few humanities courses I took in college.  I don’t...

Why charters matter

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Barbara O’Brien is a persuasive advocate for kids.  As a young corporate executive, she recruited me to visit with Governor Romer...

Firing bad teachers is costly & difficult

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Here’s excerpts from an important story from what’s left of the investigative staff at the LA Times It's remarkably difficult to fire...

Great op-ed from great edu-govs

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The two most effective education governors in recent memory, Govs Jeb Bush & Jim Hunt, teamed up for a great op-ed...

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