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Tom Vander Ark

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.

ConnectEd Links Learning to Career Pathways

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

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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Teaching A Big School New Tricks: The Huntley 158 Competency Pilot

Despite coming with challenges, some communities choose big schools for some of the advantages they offer. And hundreds of those big suburban schools across the country are innovating to personalize learning and connect youth to meaningful postsecondary pathways.

HopSkipDrive: Safe Ride Share for Kids

What if kids could use ride share services to travel to their internship or get home after soccer practice? HopSkipDrive, a Los Angeles startup, has solved this problem with a safe transportation solution for families and schools.

10 Turning Points: Why It’s Time to Lean Into The Opportunity of the Innovation...

The following are 10 signs we’re in a new age—a new economy and a new ecology. More than trends, these turning points suggest it’s time for an operating system update—including new mental models and new ways to share the planet.
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11 Alternative Schools that are Real Alternatives

Trying to push all kids through a content-centric, compliance-oriented model just won’t work. A variety of alternative approaches have been attempted; here are a few approaches educators have to develop for youth that haven’t been successful in traditional schools.

What is 21st Century Learning? How Do We Get More?

For 40 years, we’ve been talking about the aims and strategies of 21st-century learning. Now that we’re a couple of decades in, we have a pretty good view.