Most of the work that we do at Birdhouse Learning Labs comes from the research, experimentation, design, and development of a BLL lab. Each lab is focused upon a designated theme, solving a problem, or exploring a new possibility. Every lab includes the expectation of demonstrating ongoing progress and creating one or more products or experiences. 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). In addition to labs launched and initiated by Birdhouse Learning Labs, we are also open to hosting and managing a lab in partnership with other individuals or organizations. Following is a list of current and past labs.

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.

Launched:
2017

Status:
Active

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

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


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.

Launched:
September, 2018

Status:
Active / Ongoing

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

Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
The What is in the Air? Podcast. – Launched April 2019.
The 12 Quests Book Series – First book to release by December 31, 2019.


The Learning Beyond Letter Grades Lab

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

Launched:
August, 2017

Status:
Active / Ongoing

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

Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
Book: Learning Beyond Letter Grades (Rowman & Littlefield, submission due by October 1, 2019 for peer review).


The School Creation & Re-Creation Lab

This lab focuses upon facilitating aspiring school leaders or current school leaders in the process of designing and launching new schools & learning communities, re-launching / re-creating current schools, and facilitating turnaround of struggling schools. Initial research in this lab will focus upon a nation-wide study of private faith-based schools that were at the brink of closure but are now thriving.

Launched:
2018

Status:
Active / Ongoing

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

Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
Private School Turnarounds: Stories & Strategies

The School Re-Creation Workshop & Handbook


The Wonder & Mystery Lab – Future 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 seems to refine processes for equipping others to design such learning experiences.

Launched:
In Formation (tentative launch of June 2020)

Status:
In Formation

Internships, Part-Time, or Full-Time Openings:
We welcome inquiries about joining an initial 1-week workshop during the summer of 2020. See the BLL Employment Page.

Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
TBD


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.

Launched:
Future Lab

Status:
In Formation

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

Papers, Prototypes, and Products:
Methods of Meaning: Cases of Nurturing Learners with a Why

Quests & Missions Over Titles & Positions