Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World, Smart Cities That Work for Everyone: 7 Keys to Education & Employment and Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning. He is CEO of Getting Smart, a learning design firm and a partner in Learn Capital, an education venture capital firm. Previously he served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience including serving as a senior executive for a national public retail chain.
A prolific writer and speaker, Tom has published thousands of articles, has written and contributed to six published books and co-authored more than 35 white papers. He writes regularly on his Education Week blog, Vander Ark on Innovation, and makes daily contributions to GettingSmart.com.
Tom is board chair of Charter Board Partners, and is a director of 4.0 Schools, Bloomboard, Digital Learning Institute, eduInnovation, and Imagination Foundation. Tom is an advisor to the National Association for Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) and New Classrooms.
Tom received the Distinguished Achievement Medal and graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. He received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver. He continues his education online. Tom advocates for innovations that customize and motivate learning and extend access.
- Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World
- Smart Cities That Work for Everyone: 7 Keys to Education & Employment
- Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning
- Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach
- Architecture for Achievement: Building Patterns for Small School Learning
- Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools
- Making the Grade
- High Schools on a Human Scale: How Small Schools Can Transform American Education
- The Profit Motive in Education: Continuing the Revolution
- College Now! What Needs to Be Done to Give Urban Students a Real Path to Success
- Viewpoint: Authorizing Online Learning by Susan Patrick and Tom Vander Ark
- Viewpoint: Differentiated Charter Authorizing Strategies for Innovation, Scale and Quality by Tom Vander Ark
- Private Capital and Public Education: Toward Equity at Scale by Tom Vander Ark
Press, interviews & mentions with Tom
Tom is available for all types of speaking and moderating engagements such as keynotes, panel discussions, round tables and workshop sessions. From learning to leadership, we can customize a speech to fit the needs of your event and audience. Tom regularly speaks on the following:
- Education: leadership & policy
- Learning: technology, the shift to personal digital learning, blended learning, deeper learning, learning innovations
- Business: leadership, strategy, innovation, public-private partnerships
- Good Work: finding and doing mission-driven work, non-profit leadership, philanthropy, community leadership
To see more information on Tom, his speaking topics, and video examples – visit his speaker page on Collaborative Agency Group.
To book Tom for a speaking engagement please contact Allison at Allison@GettingSmart.com or 206-992-4592.