Lauren Hancock

EDU Fellow

A school leader should nurture organizational creativity, giving teachers the room to run with their ideas, which includes the room to fail. We know that is how learning is fostered in both children and adults.
— Lauren Hancock

Lauren Hancock has been studying and integrating the Reggio Emilia philosophy in her teaching for more than 15 years, previously at Google and now at AltSchool, a San Francisco-based K12 startup with a platform and curriculum that’s personalized to each individual child. As the head of school at AltSchool’s Alamo Square location, Lauren helps lead an interdisciplinary team of educators, technologists and entrepreneurs who are building a network of student-focused schools. Her educational approach focuses on relationship-based and emergent learning, and she believes in play-based teaching and team reflection practices. Lauren previously worked as a lead Pre-K educator for Google’s Family Programs, where she led a teaching team and developed project-based content, while also educating parents on children's social and emotional development.

After recently receiving $100M in venture capital funding, AltSchool is evolving from an experimentation phase to defining scalable, sustainable operating models. Lauren will explore how best to redefine school leadership during her d.school fellowship year. You can find Lauren on Twitter at @lrnthmshncck.

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