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Laura McBain
Managing Director | Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (
Co-Director | K12 Lab

Laura McBain is a designer, educator and managing director of the Stanford and co-director of the K12 Lab. She specialises in human-centred design for equitable education, fostering innovative experiences for all students in a changing world. She leads educational design challenges, creates new learning experiences for educators, and is an adjunct professor at Stanford University. As author of My Favourite Failure: How Setbacks Can Lead to Learning and Growth, she provides insights into risk-taking and shared experience of failure. Before the, Laura spent 15 years at High Tech High as Director of External Relations, principal of two school sites and a founding teacher. Laura has a Bachelors from Miami University-Oxford, Ohio and Master from Harvard Graduate School of Education.