Tom	Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark

CEO

Getting Smart

Tom Vander Ark is an  advocate for innovations in learning. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises  schools, districts, networks, foundations and learning organizations on the  path forward. A prolific writer and speaker, Tom is author of Getting Smart,  Smart Cities That Work for Everyone, Smart Parents, Better Together, The  Power of Place and Difference Making at the Heart of Learning. He has  published thousands of articles, co-authored and contributed to more than 50  books and white papers. He writes regularly on GettingSmart.com, LinkedIn,  and contributes to Forbes.     Previously, Tom served as the first Executive Director of Education  for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also served as a public  school superintendent in Washington state and has extensive private sector  experience. Tom is a board member for Education Board Partners, Director for  4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative,  Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation and an Advisor for One Stone  and Teton Science Schools.  Tom has  presented at a variety of national conferences, including SXSWEdu, Aurora  Institute Symposium, ASU/GSV, National Charter Schools Conference and AACN  Annual Meeting. He has also presented at international conferences including  The World Bank, The Digital Education Show Middle East and Bett Show.

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