Many new, inspiring trends have hit the world impacting how we lead and how we go about work. Education needs to adapt to these changes, which is difficult if teachers are left out of these new paradigms. The Educators' Lab aims to support the many visionary educators working within our school systems who are helping to improve teaching and learning. We believe teachers with innovative ideas for the classroom should be given the support and resources they need to develop and implement their ideas. In the same way that today’s entrepreneurs will change the way we do business, The Educators' Lab believes teachers are the change agents who will direct the future of education. We hope that by investing in teachers, we can revamp education from within and help schools to better adapt to the changing needs of the 21st Century.
Michelle Blanchet is an educator passionate about inspiring innovation in the field of education. She has been working with young people for the past ten years and founded The Educators’ Lab, which supports teacher driven solutions to educational challenges. Michelle earned a Master in International Relations from Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. She taught sociology and economics, and has presented at numerous events including SXSWedu and TEDxLausanne. Michelle is a part of the Global Shaper Community of the World Economic Forum. She has worked with organizations like PBS Education, Ashoka’s Youth Venture, the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, and the Center for Curriculum Redesign. She occasionally blogs for Edutopia and PBS TeacherLounge.
Darcy Bakkegard is the Teacher Ambassador for Prairie Public Broadcasting in Fargo, ND where she leads professional development workshops, webinars, and 1:1 training for teachers across the state. With 10 years of experience teaching English and Theatre in public and private, rural and suburban, and international schools, she has taught every type of learner. Building from a BA in Theatre and years in educational theatre, Darcy specializes in interactive strategies for the classroom, meaningful technology integration, and how to build meaningful relationships with students. Along with a Master’s Degree in Secondary English Education, Darcy is a Level 1 Certified Google Educator and EdPuzzle Certified Teacher. She has presented workshops at the National Council of Teacher of English National Convention, the International School Conference of Turkey, and the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Area Tech Camp.