“Designed for Learning”

January 26, 2017

11:30am-1:00pm @ One Stone School, 1151 W Miller St, Boise, ID 83702

Have you ever been in a building or structure and said “This is amazing!” What was it about that space that made you feel like you wanted to stay and engage? Was it the look, feel, colors, sounds, smells, or something else? Learn about optimal learning spaces and the rationale behind why communities should invest in them.

In Tom’s session, he describes next generation learning environments that embrace broader aims and promote powerful learner experiences. He leads a virtual tour of some of the most innovative schools in the world, and discusses implications for facilities design and use and how those are affected by the shift in learning.

The Learning objects:

  1. What are the key drivers of the learning revolution?
  2. What are the emerging learning models?
  3. How are systems incorporating new learning models?
  4. How are schools engaging partners?
  5. What are the facilities implications of the learning revolution?


Tom Vander Ark - Author & CEO, Getting Smart 

Tom Vander Ark

Author & CEO, Getting Smart

Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities, and Smart Parents. He is 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.

We’re living through a profound shift in human development: a shift from print to digital, from cohort to individual, from year-end test to continuous feedback, from time to learning. It’s a shift from passive learning: teach it, turn it in, and test it – to active learning: playlists, projects, presentation, publications, and portfolios. The shift includes new broader outcomes – real measures of college and career readiness including creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and habits of success.

  • Author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities, and Smart Parents and contributor to 12 other books
  • CEO of Getting Smart (learning design firm)
  • Partner in Learn Capital (ed venture capital firm)
  • First Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Former public school superintendent (WA)
  • Published 1,000s of articles and co-authored roughly 40 white papers
  • Board chair of Charter Board Partners, director of 4.0 Schools, Bloomboard, Digital Learning Institute, eduInnovation and Imagination Foundation
  • Received the Distinguished Achievement Medal and graduated from Colorado School of Mines. His MBA is in finance from the University of Denver
  • Advisor to Boise’s One Stone School