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June 26, 2018

Talking Learner Experience at the Zoo

In this episode of the podcast, Tom Vander Ark talks learner experience with leaders from Washington state. He focuses on three small community connected, experiential schools in Tacoma, WA. One of which can be found in a zoo.

March 05, 2018

Napa Junction: Deeper Learning for All

A few minutes south of the vineyards in Napa is the community of American Canyon where Napa Junction Elementary serves a diverse group of K-5 learners--about two-thirds are Latino, new to English and living in or near poverty.

November 07, 2017

Getting Smart Podcast | Andy Calkins on Effective Learning Competencies

In this episode, Tom speaks with Andy Calkins, director of Next Generation Learning Challenges to learn more about their new student success framework--MyWays, and their recently released comprehensive resource set to help more communities develop graduate profiles.

October 30, 2017

Save The Planet: Starting Today

If we have a list of the issues that will shape the future--an earth owner's manual--when and how should we introduce them to young people? What does it mean to be really ready and why should we be encouraging young people to engage with the world's most important issue? Tom Vander Ark answers these questions and more.

January 18, 2017

Shared Leadership for Deeper Learning

David Rattray, president of Unite LA, chats with Tom about workforce readiness, the need for continued lifelong learning and how schools must adapt to prepare young people for a new economy and a changing world.

July 26, 2016

Genius Loci: Place-Based Education & Why It Matters

We have set out on a journey with Nate McClennen and Teton Science Schools to learn more about Place-Based Education: what it is, why it works and who is doing it.

May 04, 2016

Motivating and Monitoring Performance: 6 Recommendations

We began this blog series asking the question "to leaderboard or not?" By looking at different types of performance monitoring, we've drawn the following six conclusions.

April 13, 2016

7 Traits of a Learner-Centered Teacher

We've spent the past several weeks getting to know Harmony Public Schools in Texas. We asked teachers what it means to be an educator in a learner-centered environment, and here are some of their responses.

December 07, 2015

School Hacks as Professional Learning: Transforming Schools, One Leader at a Time

School Retool is a professional development fellowship that helps school leaders redesign their school culture utilizing small experiments called "hacks." The Raikes Foundation, based in the Seattle area, is bringing School Retool to the Puget Sound in early 2016. Learn more about the opportunity and how to apply.

August 03, 2015

Leading Public Schools: 10 Roles You Probably Didn't Prepare for

After spending time with urban districts recently, we were reminded of the complexity of the work that superintendents are responsible for. We were also reminded how traditional education programs and development experiences do not prepare EdLeaders for their roles. In our recent paper, Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning we outlined 10 roles for today's EdLeaders. In this blog we share important emerging skills associated with these 10 roles.

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