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Designing for Inclusion and Belonging: Reducing Otherness in Schools

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
4:00pm - 5:15pm
Live Online (access instructions will be provided at 3:00 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, August 26)
Designing for Inclusion and Belonging
Ariel Raz, MA '15
Ariel Raz, MA '15
Laura McBain
Laura McBain

As we embark on the reopening of schools, feeling connected to each other and to our school community will be of prime importance. In this interactive session we explore strategies for how we can foster a sense of belonging with classrooms and schools. Starting with quotes from students, we will share and utilize design methodologies with a specific focus on learning from historically underinvested community members. You will leave with ideas and strategies that you can use to design a classroom and school community that encourages belonging across and between lines of race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability and gender identity.


Ariel Raz, MA '15
Head of Learning Collaboration, K12 Lab,

Ariel Raz builds irresistible learning experiences that inspire learners to engage in creative work.  He currently works as Head of Learning Collaborations at Stanford University’s and holds the title of lecturer at the School of Engineering. In the past he wore a number of hats in the realm of education, from college tutor to Teach for America classroom teacher to school founder at KIPP Bloom, a middle school in the Chicago Southside. Ariel holds a BA in Film & Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and an MA in Learning, Design & Technology from Stanford University.

Laura McBain
Co-Director of K12 Lab,

Laura joined the’s K12 Lab Network after spending 10 years at High Tech High in San Diego, where she was the Director of External Relations and the Director of Education Leadership Academy at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. She has B.A. in English and minors in Political Science and Spanish from Miami University and an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Laura is an avid runner, runs an educational podcast, and is always ideating.

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