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Tom Vander Ark

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities, Getting Smart and The Power of Place. 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, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

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...

Groups making a difference

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DFER:  Joe Williams and a strong board continue to push the Ds to support real accountability and real choice.  CA Charter Assoc:...

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