Tom Vander Ark, the author of “Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World,” was to visit campus and speak to faculty on Tuesday afternoon.
After extensive research, Director of Studies Liz Resnick selected Ark because he is a proponent of technology in education, which the school is trying to embrace.
“It seemed like he had the breadth of experience that could help teachers understand the broader spectrum of computing and technology at the pre-collegiate level,” she said.
Ark is the chief executive officer of Open Education Solutions and a partner at Learn Capital, a venture capital firm investing in learning platforms with the goal of transforming educational access and effectiveness.
Previously, he was the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, where he implemented $3.5 billion in scholarship and grant programs.