What We Do at ImpactLab
ImpactLab helps educators turn their best ideas into sustainable, scalable programs and ventures.
Our programs include:
Intrapreneur Fellowship [for K12 teachers]
Teacher Leadership + Entrepreneurial Mindset
At ImpactLab we believe the deepest insights into problems and possibilities come from practitioners. In K12 education that means teachers. These same teachers, however, aren’t always viewed and supported as creative problem solvers. Their insights - some of the best ideas in education - are simply left at the table to gather dust.
We're changing that.
ImpactLab's Intrapreneur Fellowship embraces visionary educators and builds their capacity to turn insights into solutions. In a year-long model, Intrapreneur provides coaching, expert mentoring, peer sharing and a variety of learning frameworks that cultivate a can-do mindset while imparting practical how-to skills associated with entrepreneurship.
Intrapreneur is a solution for schools and districts looking to build a culture of innovation and a locally-designed school program, to support teacher growth and retention and to attract creative, innovative teachers to their team. Contact us to learn more.
Enterprise Accelerator [for entrepreneurs]
Create Impact Faster
Following the mantra, "Think Big, Build Small," Enterprise supports early-stage education entrepreneurs through an individualized three-month program where they are both nurtured and pushed. Enterprise fellows receive extensive coaching and gain access to a network of mentors and downstream opportunities.
Apply: The application for Enterprise is now closed.
Coaching for Innovators
Education Innovators need feedback. We've got you covered.
If you're a current K12 teacher and are working on an innovative idea or program for change at your school we're here to help you through our Innovators' Office Hours.
Building innovation in the face of naysayers and countless barriers is tough. We want to help you clarify your idea, get unstuck, strategize, strengthen your program model and connect to resources and communities. We offer our coaching service remotely or in-person here in Austin. Sign up here to request a coaching session and we'll follow up with details.
The ideas that drive us
• Elevate the Practitioners •
In any industry it is the practitioners who have the deepest insights into problems, solutions and possibilities. K12 education is no exception.
• Diversity Required •
If we are going to manifest a more equitable and adaptive education system we need to engage the full spectrum of stakeholders in envisioning and executing that reality.
• Entrepreneurship & Social Change •
Entrepreneurship - the creation of value through insight, self-motivated action and commitment - is the most effective, sustainable lever to bring about enduring social change.
• Idealism + Execution •
The combination of idealism and execution skills within an individual or a team is a world-beater. A world-saver.
• Connect & Collaborate •
Entrepreneurs are driven individuals but individual drive on its own does not bring success. Entrepreneurs need support, guidance and a community of peers.
• Invest in Individuals •
Individuals aren't widgets. They are creative beings who without warning may see a path to new possibilities. We need to spark self-awareness and cultivate capacity and a sense of agency within individuals - a belief reflected in all ImpactLab does.
Who We Are
CEO / Founder
Builder of bridges, breaker of stereotypes, creator of value.
John is an educator and an entrepreneur - equal parts idealist and executor. With over twenty years experience in K12 running everything from a high school classroom to an edtech conference to a for-profit SaaS enterprise, John is focused now on ensuring educators' best insights are captured and turned into sustainable programs and enterprises.
Learn more about John.
Board of Directors
EdTechWomen ATX, EdCamp ATX
Director of Development
Jessica Faith Carter
University of Texas
Digital Marketing Consultant
Special Advisor on Higher Education
Texas Workforce Investment Council
Teacher Peer Mentor
University of Texas