• Laura McBain

    Co-Interim Managing Director at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and Co-Director of K12 Lab
    Stanford University





    Laura McBain (she/her) (@laura_mcbain) is a designer, educator and serves as managing director of the Stanford d.school and the co-director of the K12 Lab. Her work focuses on how human-centered design can be used to provide equitable and innovative educational experiences that will help all students thrive in a changing world. In this role she leads design challenges in education, designs new learning experiences for educators and serves as an adjunct professor at Stanford University.

    She is the author of My Favorite Failure: How Setbacks Can Lead to Learning and Growth, which provides insights and narratives into how you can create the conditions to take risks and experience failure together. Prior to the d.school, Laura worked for 15 years at High Tech High serving as the Director of External Relations, principal of two school sites and a founding teacher. She has taught middle and high school students in both charter comprehensive schools.

    Laura has a Bachelors from Miami University-Oxford, Ohio and a Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


    • My Favorite Failure: How Setbacks Can Lead to Learning and Growth (2022)

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