About Getting Smart
Getting Smart® is a community passionate about innovations in learning. We believe the shift to personal digital learning holds promise for improved student achievement in the developed world and access to quality education in the emerging economy–for the first time we have a chance to provide a quality education to every young person on the planet!
We’re advocates for better K-12 education as well as early, post-secondary and informal learning opportunities for all students. We attempt to accelerate and improve the shift to digital learning. We cover important events, trends, products, books, and reports. We welcome guest bloggers with something to say. We look for ways that innovation can help reframe historical problems and suggest new solutions.
We are teachers, advocates, and entrepreneurs, but most most of all – we are learners. Getting Smart was co-founded by Partners Tom Vander Ark and Karen Vander Ark. As Managing Editor, Alison Anderson keeps the GettingSmart.com train running. Caroline Vander Ark Davis works as COO and Partner and manages all partner work. Carri Schneider, a former teacher, works as Director of Policy and Research managing all writing projects. Our team is held together by Allison Brumley our Operations Manager and Scott Williams our Project Coordinator. Learn more about the Getting Smart team.
Through our outreach efforts, we reach an audience comprised of education leaders, education policymakers, K-12 and higher ed educators, administrators, education technology organizations, and education associations. Our mission is to help more young people get smart by connecting to the idea economy through personal digital learning.
The Getting Smart blog located at www.GettingSmart.com covers formal and informal topics in K-12, higher ed and lifelong learning. Authors cover developments in research, technology, entrepreneurs, methods and more to bring its readers some of the most fascinating and innovative strategies around education today. For all website and blog inquiries, contact Editor@GettingSmart.com.
We also provide advocacy, advisory and public relations services for excellence and equity through innovations in learning to turn ideas into impact. We help for-profit and non-profit organizations construct cohesive and forward-thinking strategies for branding, awareness, advancement and communication, and public and media relations. Our strategies and tactics help companies connect the dots to create the best outcomes for the education of tomorrow. We cater our services and staffing to best fit the needs of our clients. To learn more, please contact Caroline at Caroline@GettingSmart.com.
Getting Smart: How Personal Digital Learning Is Changing the World by Tom Vander Ark, a well-known education expert, examines the facets of educational innovation in the United States and abroad. Vander Ark makes a convincing case for blended learning and personal digital learning. Learn more about the book.