Laura McBain - Education Design for Creating Equitable Futures
Ronald Beghetto talks with Laura McBain about how her experience as a middle and high school substitute teacher led her to thinking about design in education. She began thinking about what we could create in education to create more equitable futures--how can students and teachers help design better futures by reshaping education so it’s able to serve more students with distinct needs, as well as connect with the community? McBain mentions the importance of letting go of the idea that as educators we have to constantly predict what their future will look like, and let students take a more active role towards shaping their futures and their current learning experiences. She poses questions for us such as: How can we as educators be of service for the students in our care and develop their own agency? What are students doing now to shape their learning experiences, their communities, and their futures? You can learn more about Laura McBain by following these links Linked In, d school, K12 Lab. You can also follow Laura on twitter: @laura_mcbain
Laura is the co-director of the d.school’s K12 Lab. As a human-centered designer, her work focuses on understanding the ecosystem of education and finding meaningful opportunities for disruptive design. She is an advocate for equity and social justice work and is leading experiments to ensure more students have access to an innovative educational experience that will help them thrive in a changing world. Formerly Laura was the Director of External Relations at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. As the Director of External Relations, Laura traveled the globe designing and leading professional development focused on the implementation of progressive education, school transformation, deeper learning and equity initiatives. She has served as a principal of two HTH sites and has taught middle and high school classes in public charter and comprehensive schools. Laura was the architect of the Deeper Learning Conference, a 1600 person, adult learning experience aimed at activating and galvanizing educators for large-scale change.
Laura McBain: EC18 Session on Project Based Learning
The Educhange Podcast
Laura McBain is the co-director of the K12 Lab at the Stanford University d.school. She is an accomplished educator, having led deeper learning approaches in education through her contributions at High Tech High, a network of 14 schools based in San Diego, California. In this recent conversation with Nicole Dyson at EC18, she shares how educators can use the process of design and empathy to enable powerful learning for students, especially by deploying a project-based approach that engages and empowers.
Blockchain, escape rooms, and experiments: designing for equity, with Laura McBain
Designing For Humanity
As the co-director of the *Stanford d.school K12 Lab*, Laura McBain is exploring how to disrupt inequity in the classroom and unleash creative confidence in educators. In this episode, Laura walks us through how she applies design to re-imagine everything from common core assessments to safe spaces, among other challenges facing our American education system. How might learning experiences be different for students of all ages if teachers and principals were recognized as designers?Laura McBain has been a teacher, principal, and coach, and is currently the co-director of the Stanford d.school K12 Lab. Prior to joining the d.school, Laura helped found High Tech High, a non-profit charter aimed at applying design thinking to primary and secondary education.To explore further, visit https://dschool.stanford.edu/programs/k12-lab-network
We chat with Laura McBain about her groundbreaking work at High Tech High and discuss how project-based learning with real problems can have some incredible results for kids. Laura has twice been a principal, is a Harvard grad and really is an awesome educator as well as human being. She was recently in Melbourne, Australia where she spoke from the stage at our #Educhange conference and has just begun a new role at the Stanford d.school K12 Lab.