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What Is PBE And Why Does It Matter?

This publication helps to define place-based education and discusses the potential for powerful learning experiences when using this teaching philosophy.

Quick Start Guide to Implementing PBE

This guide helps identify the priority to-dos when trying to implement PBE in your microschool, school or district.

Quick Start to Place-Based Professional Learning

This publication discusses the numerous ways to learn about place-based education and how it, as a practice, can help to teach professionals as well.

Formative Assessment: Student Roles

This publication helps to define what a formative assessment is and provides 10 hallmarks of what the student role is in formative assessment.

Formative Assessment: Keys to Success

This guide helps identify how to succeed with formative assessment including benchmarks and look-fors.

Preparing Students For A Project-Based World

This document discusses the new economy and inequities in the preparation for student success in college, career and citizenship.

#AskAboutAI: The Future of Work and Learning

This publication addresses the impending future of work and learning as a result of exponential technological innovation and AI.

Show What You Know: Report

This report documents our findings on a year-long initiative of tracking and talking about competency-based education.

Policies and Practices That Meet Learners Where They Are

This publication addresses how diversity and learning sciences make the case for personalized-learning.

Exploring Accountability in K-12 Digital Education

This publication reviews the factors influencing online learning, the current state of accountability, and proposed solutions to best align practice and policy

K-16 Instruction and Technology Integration Model

This guide helps educators plan for instruction based on what they know about student mastery, then deliver instruction, and constantly monitor, adjust and assess.

Blended Learning Implementation Guide 2.0

This guide addresses the claim that blended learning has arrived in K12 education and identifies key starting places to implement at your school.

Preparing to Lead in a Project-Based World

This report features key competencies, skills and more that we identified as essential to leading in the years to come.

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28 Skills Of A Really Ready Student

This document provides a list and definitions of the 28 skills required to have a student ready for anything the 21st century can muster.

PBL Quick Start Guide For Teachers

This interactive checklist serves as a readiness guide for teacher PBL preparation.

Teachers and Technology Personalize the ESL Classroom Toolkit

This ESL report and toolkit helps to assess and implement powerful ESL tools.

Online Language Learning Toolkit

This toolkit is designed for educators and facilitators who are using an online language program as the primary form of language instruction.

What To Look For In a Student-Centered Classroom

This interactive checklist serves as a measuring stick for whether or not the classroom you are in is truly learner-centered.

GenDIY Toolkit

The #GenDIY Toolkit provides stories to inspire you and tools to get you started and outlines the possibility for a new model of hacking your own education and career.

100 Tips and Insights for Opening Great New Schools

Opening a good, new school is a huge challenge. It involves real estate, construction, financing, logistics and marketing – many tasks outside the experience of even veteran educators. This toolkit can help.

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Getting Smart on Mastery Learning

This bundle of our Mastery Learning series with MasteryTrack explores what mastery is and how it is determined, recorded and managed.

Pittsburgh Network Bundle

We hope that this resource will give schools, districts and organizations ideas for how they might develop or benefit from a network to transform the teaching and learning in their environment.

Getting Ready: Leadership Bundle

This bundle documents trends and shifts in the leadership landscape as a result of combatting systemic and pandemic challenges.

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Smart Cities

Smart Cities by Tom Vander Ark makes the case that a combination of
persistence, entrepreneurship and a collaborative focus on impact can be
taught in every classroom and encouraged in every city.

Smart Parents

Smart Parents By Tom Vander Ark & Carri Schneider focuses on how time and time again, families are left out of the equation when it comes to determining the primary audience for education reports, papers and articles—even though they are among the hungriest for informed opinions that can help them.

Power of Place

The Power of Place by Emily Liebtag, Nate McClennen and Tom Vander Ark offers a comprehensive and compelling case for making communities the locus of learning for students of all ages and backgrounds.

Better Together

Better Together by Tom Vander Ark and Lydia Dobyns presents a tour through one of the modern era’s most important educational innovations, and provides smart strategy for working optimally within the school network sphere.

Getting Smart

In our digital age, students have dramatically new learning needs and must be prepared for the idea economy of the future. In Getting Smart, well-known global education expert Tom Vander Ark examines the facets of educational innovation in the United States and abroad.