Work at BLL is organized into laboratories. Each one is focused upon a theme, solving a problem, or exploring a new possibility.

Labs must demonstrate ongoing progress and create one or more papers, products, or experiences within a designated time frame. The goal of each lab is to achieve 10x impact rather than the pursuit of incremental or sustaining innovations.

Some labs are ongoing while others are created with a fixed start and end date.

Labs are independently funded (by BLL, a partner, or a combination).

Want to Launch a R&D Lab for Your Organization?

Thomas Edison had Menlo Labs. Lockheed Martin has Skunk Works. Google has Google X. What if you could have your own R&D team?

In addition to the labs described below, we also partner with organizations to design, launch, & host private research and development labs that address strategic needs of existing schools, think tanks, associations, foundations, education or publishing companies, or other organizations. Learn more and contact us if you are interested in discussing this option.


Human-Centered Learning Environment Lab

This lab focuses upon defining, refining, and promoting the vision and framework for human-centered learning environment design and development.

Status:
Active

Internships, Part-Time, or Full-Time Openings:
We welcome inquiries for potential leaders or collaborators in this lab. See the BLL Employment Page.

Services, Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
Breathe: A Vision and Framework for Human-Centered Learning Environments (ebook)

Introduction to The Promising & Possibility of Human-Centered Learning Environments (60-minute in-person session or webinar)

Empathetic Design for Mission-Minded Innovation (in-person session or webinar)

The Human-Centered Learning Environment Boot Camp / Course (series of 8 webinars, or 2-day / 8-hour in-person boot camp)


The Life Experiment Lab

This lab explores and promotes the promise and possibility of simple life experiments (in recipe format) rooted in current and emerging research on the psychology of well-being and human flourishing.

Status:
Active

Internship, Part-Time, or Full-Time Openings:
See the BLL Employment Page.

Services, Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
The What is in the Air? Podcast. – Launched April 2019.
The 12 Quests Book Series – Released on September 15, 2019.

Designing and Facilitating Life Experiments for Learners (3 60-minute sessions in-person or online)


The Learning Beyond Letter Grades Lab

This lab explores and promotes the promise and possibility of authentic and empowering approaches to feedback, grading, assessment, and credentials in P-20 education & beyond.

Status:
Active

Internship, Part-Time, or Full-Time Openings:
See the BLL Employment Page.

Services, Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
Book: Learning Beyond Letter Grades (forthcoming)

The Learning Beyond Letter Grades Workshop (4 60-minute sessions in-person or webinar)

Learning Beyond Letter Grades Presentation & Discussion (90-minute session in-person or webinar)

The Learning Beyond Letter Grades Module Online Course (in development)

The Meaning Lab – Future Lab

This lab focuses upon the creation of tools and methods that help learners discover & attach greater meaning and purpose to learning experiences.

Status:
Future Lab

Internships, Part-Time, or Full-Time Openings:
We welcome inquiries for potential leaders or collaborators in this future lab. See the BLL Employment Page.

Services, Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
Research on Nurturing Meaning-Inspired & Purpose-Driven Learners (forthcoming)

Methods of Meaning: Cases of Nurturing Learners with a Why (forthcoming)

Quests & Missions Over Titles & Positions (forthcoming)


The Future of Education Lab

This lab promotes research, dialogue, planning & preparation, imaginative inquiry, and experimentation regarding challenges, opportunities, and possibilities in the future of education. The lab embraces a role of study and the co-creation of possible futures in education.

Status:
Future Lab

Internships, Part-Time, or Full-Time Openings:
We welcome inquiries for potential leaders or collaborators in this future lab. See the BLL Employment Page.

Services, Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
The Edu Futures Podcast

The Wonder & Mystery Lab

This lab designs & tests prototypes of learning experiences that are rooted in the cultivation of wonder & mystery as tools for learning and personal growth. It also seeks to refine processes for equipping others to become designers of such learning experiences.

Status:
Future Lab

Internships, Part-Time, or Full-Time Openings:
We welcome inquiries for potential leaders or collaborators in this future lab. See the BLL Employment Page.

Services, Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
TBD