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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark
Tom Vander Ark is author of “Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World” and CEO of Getting Smart, an education advocacy firm. He advocates for innovations that customize and motivate learning and extend access.

Vander Ark is also a partner in Learn Capital, an education venture capital firm investing in edtech startups. Previously he served as president of the X PRIZE Foundation and was the first executive director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Vander Ark served as a public school superintendent in Washington and has extensive private sector experience including serving as a senior executive for a national public retail chain.

A prolific writer and speaker, Vander Ark has published thousands of articles, has written and contributed to six published books and has co-authored more than 20 white papers. He writes a daily Education Week blog, Vander Ark on Innovation and makes regular contributions to GettingSmart.com.

Vander Ark is treasurer for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, board chairman of Charter Board Partners and a director of Bloomboard, Digital Learning Institute, Imagination Foundation and Strive for College. He is a national advisory board member for Communities In Schools, National Association for Charter School Authorizers and New Classrooms.

Vander Ark 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.

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