Beta Lab | April 14-15

Beta Lab | April 14-15

Lead. Innovate. Be the change.

Take the first step in launching your innovative school. In Beta Lab, we will bring together aspiring school launchers and education entrepreneurs to design schools that students want and the community needs.

NEXT Beta Lab: APRIL 14 - 15  (for Fall 2020 Aspiring school launchers)
FUTURE DATES (for Fall 2021 Aspiring school launchers):  SEP 15 - 16 | OCT 6 - 7

In one weekend we will introduce you to the school launch process. Learn everything you need to know about school model design, authorization, and community engagement so that you are ready for the challenge of launching a new school in Los Angeles.

We focus on:

  • Developing cultural and community competency
  • Giving you a strong start towards designing and opening an innovative school

The $1000 SCHOOL HACK EVENT | Mar 11

Can kids use design thinking to improve their own education? 

With your help… YES (See below for how you can help)

Imagine an event where 5 students win $1,000 to implement their idea to improve the education at their school.

We call it the *Reframe $1,000 School Hack Challenge*


  • WHY > Kids need agency over their own education
  • WHAT > Design thinking applied to educational improvement.  
  • HOW > Hack-a-thon for kids, by kids
  • WHO > Students ages 13 - 18
  • WHEN > Sat Mar 11, 8AM to 8PM
  • WHERE > Location TBD
  • HOW MUCH > FREE with FOOD/


  1. Students will arrive at 8AM to develop ideas and connect into groups about the ideas that inspire them. 
  2. Students will be mentored by maker experts to prototype their idea.
  3. Students will then test their idea with real teachers.  
  4. The groups will continuously improve and test their idea.
  5. They will then develop a presentation with their mentors and pitch to a group of expert judges. 


Love the idea?

We need the following:
* Students and Parents /The More the Merrier/
* Teacher coaches
* Tech mentors

Really interested, but don’t know how to help?  Have questions?  Contact us at (323) 795-5743 or

We’d love you to send this to anyone and everyone you think could help.  THANKS!

Thurs Feb 21, 2017 is for Digital Education Innovators

If you are an educator who innovates through technology, this Thursday IS YOUR DAY!

Digital Learning Day or #DLDay celebrates your daring to be innovative and the Alliance for Excellent Education is hosting a webinar to help you push even further.  


Simply register for the webinar and follow them on twitter at @OfficialDLDay and at #DLDay


Innovation is hard.  Listening to experts from across the country is a great way of finding new innovations and new ways of implementing ideas that might have stalled.


#ThursdayMotivation > Helps kids Fix Education


If you’re a teacher, parent, guardian, or child mentor and have ever been inspired by helping a child understand a difficult concept.  

Gotten excited while watching the revelation and pride in their face as they come to realize ‘I get it!’ 

We think you will really love the Knowledgeworks: ImagineFutureEd Competition.  

This online design competition is aimed at helping children to think carefully and creatively about the future of learning.  The competition is open to any U.S.-based young person ages 13-18.

How it works...

KnowledgeWorks will supply five custom (but optional) activities and supporting materials to guide the creation of submissions. Your student can work on their own, or with your support.

Activities include:

  • Activity #1: Exploring Our Future Mindsets
  • Activity #2: Exploring Possibilities for Learning
  • Activity #3: Telling Stories from the Future
  • Activity #4: Reflecting on the Future
  • Extension Activity: Creating Artifacts from the Future

Then students will then submit a story about the future of learning and will have the option of producing an illustration of an object or scene from a future world.

Why we love this event...

Children rarely get the opportunity or respect to design their own educational future and yet we want them to learn how they learn.  This competition has the potential to help your child or children gain insight into what learning means for them and how they can enhance their own learning.

Taking part is easy…

The full set of activities is estimated to take approximately 2.5 hours.

Each of the four core activities and one extension activity can be completed in 45 minutes or less, though you are encouraged to extend activities if possible to allow for more discussion, reflection, and working time.

And there are prizes...

The event is completely free and six submissions will be selected as winners, each winner will receive a prize. One adult facilitator per winner will also receive a prize.

This competition is starting very soon...

The competition will officially kick off in late February. Submissions will be due on the competition website in late March.  Winners will be notified and announced in May, and most submissions will be published in a back-to-school look book in fall of 2017.

To learn more…


If you have additional questions or to receive updates as they become available email