Speaking & Workshops
Here to help you know what’s next.
Inspire and invigorate your team on the future of learning, leadership and work.
The Getting Smart team is available for a variety of speaking engagements such as keynotes, panel discussions, roundtables, design discussions and workshop sessions. From learning to leadership, we can customize an engagement to fit the needs of your event and audience.
Like our other services, we personalize speaking experiences based on who is in the room, what your goals are and what you want your attendees to do next. A few of our specialties include:
A keynote presentation is the perfect way to inspire, energize and inform the path forward. We specialize in speaking to rooms of district leaders, workplace leaders, educators and much more.
Webinar or Virtual Experience
We believe virtual experiences can be a powerful way to interact with and engage viewers, a place to personalize big trends and data and a way to introduce you to some of the most innovative leaders and locations in education.
One of our strengths is our ability to connect some of our favorite partners, districts and organizations and put together an incredible panel on a theme. Because we’ve called the group to assembly, we then are able to eruditely moderate the conversation to get to the highlights of each persons’ unique experience.
The power of the workshop is the ability to get an outside perspective, a set-aside time for internal alignment and collaboration and a unique space for design thinking, creativity and ideation. We’re here to catalyze your next best step.
The Getting Smart Team can speak on a wide range of topics from artificial intelligence and poetry to competency-based models and career and technical education, below we’ve listed a few of our favorites:
Future of Work
The ethical, economic and educational impacts of artificial intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and what this means for workers and learners.
Leading community conversations, facilitating agreements in support of iterative development, distributing leadership, and balancing improvement and innovation.
Public-private partnerships, impact investing, innovation zones, education and workforce policy.
Personalized and project-based learning, design thinking, social and emotional learning, competency-based progressions, and credentialing capabilities.
Design principles, school and system designs that leverage community connections, advisory systems.
Supporting youth and adults in finding and doing purpose-driven work.
Building a Learning Culture
Building a growth mindset culture for all, power of productive self-talk, mindset shift in action, identifying and changing your inner voice, teaching self-talk, productive struggle.
“Tom did an excellent job. His approach of connecting remarks directly to attendee experiences brought relevance to the presentation. Tom was engaged and committed to sharing remarks timely for the current charter school landscape in Missouri. Tom’s investment of additional time visiting with attendees and particularly meeting with the State Commissioner of Education and members of the Missouri Charter Public School Commission were of great value and assistance.”
— Douglas Thaman, Missouri Charter Public School Association
“Tom Vander Ark’s national prominence as a thought leader on personalization of learning was a draw for participants at the National Conference on Education. He inspired engaging dialogue with the diverse panelists, asking provocative questions that fostered discussion at a high level. Tom’s Now What/So What? style helped attendees learn first and then ponder what their next leadership move will be to advance opportunities for youth in their school districts.”
— Valerie Truesdale, AASA
“Tom’s caring demeanor and encouragement generated ideas from the audience about how they are or how they envisioned moving learning forward at an accelerated pace. Tom built community in one short hour!”
– Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Digital Learning Academy
Pricing & Requests
Pricing for every engagement is tailored to meet the needs of our partners. We quote fees based on staff requested, travel time required, size of the audience, length of engagement, preparation needed and organization type.
If you are interested in having a member of our team speak at your next event, please fill out our speaking engagement form below.