Episode 43: Smart Parents with Tom Vander Ark

In Episode 43, Zack & Pete talk with Tom Vander Ark about his work at the Gates Foundation, Smart Cities and Smart Parents. Tom is the author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and Smart Cities That Work for Everyone: 7 Keys to Education & Employment. He is the CEO of Getting Smart, a learning design firm and a partner in Learn Capital, an education venture capital firm investing in edtech startups. 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. Tom is Treasurer for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, board chair of Charter Board Partners, and is a director of Bloomboard, Digital Learning Institute, and Imagination Foundation.


Tom Vander Ark on Twitter: @TVanderArk

Tom Vander Ark's website: www.GettingSmart.com


The Edupreneur is a podcast for you, the teacher, student or entrepreneur who innovates, redefines and improves education. Co-host Pete Freeman is a nonprofit founder and Notre Dame student with a passion for education, entrepreneurship, and social welfare. Co-host Zack Baker is an award-winning programmer with a passion for tech and business.