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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 4.0 Schools, eduInnovation, Digital Learning Institute, Imagination Foundation and Charter Board Partners. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.
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Bad Bargain: Why We Still Ask Kids to Factor Polynomials and How We Fix...

Algebra has become an inequitable barrier to college and career. It’s time to stop making learners factor polynomials. It’s time to start using computers for what they’re good at--crunch big data sets. Stop asking young people to manipulate systems and start asking them to solve real problems.

Blending Engineering, Entrepreneurial Mindset, and an Appreciation for the Variety of the Human Condition

The rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning is an opportunity to show up at the formation of a new era and ensure equity and empowerment for all. Here’s a look at how Dr. Amon Millner and his team at Olin College are doing just that.
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Organizing Your School As A List Of Courses Doesn’t Work for Learners

A list of courses will not help young people (in high school or college) find and begin to make their unique contribution. It’s time to move beyond the historical structures and practices what we inherited in education and start doing the right thing for kids.

10 Talent Tips from Google HR

We recently got to sit down with Iveta Brigis a former People Partner at Google to learn about her time working on the K-12 Talent Academy and her tips for talent development.

Global Classroom: How 65,000 Teachers are Teaching Over Half a Million Chinese Students Online

A look at how the world’s most valuable online education company, and the fastest growing startup in all of China, is teaching over half a million students English and creating a great place to work for teachers.

Good Governance: The Foundation for Good Schools

Good schools, start with good boards. A look at the importance and impact of a strong, committed school board when it comes to charter school success and growth.

Priscilla Chan Hired Superstars to Reinvent Primary Education

A look at the all-star team Priscilla Chan built to lead The Primary School and how they’re demonstrating the benefits of integrated health and education.