• What We Do at ImpactLab

    ImpactLab offers three programs that build the capacity of teachers to innovate and solve problems faced by their school community (for details scroll down).

    Go deep on a problem you want to solve

    for individual teachers

    Retain talent + build school-wide innovation culture

    for schools and school networks

    ​Innovation capacity-building on a more flexible schedule

    for schools and teacher development organizations

  • The ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship

    Empowering innovative teachers to create solutions to problems in education.


    The ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship helps passionate teachers turn an idea into a “solution” in a supportive, small-group format with the guidance of an experienced coach. Over the span of ten months (September - June) our Fellows:




    Learn the “how-to” of turning an idea into a solution through problem-solving, design and leadership skills. Our methods come primarily from the worlds of entrepreneurship, design and software development.



    Build and launch your “solution” at your school with the support of your coach and peers. Then produce a "How-to Kit" (see example) so your ideas can be shared with educators everywhere.



    Connect with innovative teachers from across the US. Develop lasting relationships and expand your professional network. Become part of an active and expanding education innovation community.

  • Teacher Innovation Leadership Pathway

    A capacity-building program that supports both talent retention and school innovation in a virtuous circle of professional and organizational growth.


    Designed for schools, school networks and districts, TILP is a three-year teacher leadership development sequence for schools seeking to engage and retain high-performing, innovative teachers, develop an internal leadership pipeline, and establish an ongoing capacity to fix local problems with local solutions.

    Innovation 101

    Innovation 101

    Year One

    Introducing participants to innovation mindset, activating their problem-solving skills and aligning them with school goals.

    ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship

    Teacher Fellowship

    Year Two

    Engaging select teachers in the deep work of building an idea into a sustainable solution in their school community [see above].

    Near-Peer Mentoring

    Near-Peer Mentoring

    Year Three

    Channel learning and energies back into the innovation system by supporting peers at earlier stages.

  • TeachersBuilding Workshops

    A series of half-day and full-day hands-on experiences to build innovation and leadership capacity in your teachers. Each focuses on practical skills that teachers at different stages of knowledge and experience can put to use immediately.


    TeachersBuilding Workshops can be one-offs or offered as a series. They make a perfect lead-in for teachers interested in our Teacher Fellowship.

    TeachersBuilding: Foundations

    An introduction to teacher-led innovation and the concept of intrapreneurship in schools. Builds self-awareness and context-awareness and identifies teacher innovation leadership traits to cultivate.

    TeachersBuilding: Let's Go!

    For teachers who are ready to start building solutions to problems in their school community. Builds knowledge and comfort with skills and core intrapreneurial concepts such as validated learning and user-centered design. Best offered as a two-part series.

    TeachersBuilding: Mentor

    Building solutions is hard work and it helps to have support near by. In Mentor workshops, ImpactLab builds the capacity of experienced teacher innovators to become effective near-peer mentors to the next generation of teachers at their school.

    TeachersBuilding: Coaching

    As a complement to our workshops, ImpactLab offers on-site or online coaching sessions for individuals or teams building solutions at your school.

  • "The ImpactLab Fellowship allows for a paradigm shift. Teachers can now lead the change."

    Lucas Elliott

    ImpactLab Teacher Fellow 2016-17

  • Core Beliefs

    The ideas that drive us

    • Equity in Education

    Innovation is a means, not an end in itself. We support educators who are driven by a passion for educational opportunity and want to develop solutions to local manifestations of inequity.

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Connect & Collaborate

    Entrepreneurial-minded people are driven by definition. But individual drive on its own does not bring success. Innovators need support, guidance and a community of peers.

  • Who We Are


    John Raymond​


    Ryan Makhani

    Lead Coach

    Board of Directors

    Seth Sather

    Director of Development

    Lonestar Soccer Club


    Molly Young

    Independent Education Consultant


    Lawrence D. Green




    Randy S. Ortega

    Municipal Court Prosecutor

    City of Austin


    Nicole Jarbo

    Director of Development

    Envision Education


    Qiana Patterson




    Jeff Levine


    Advanced Scanners


    Jessica Faith Carter

    University of Texas


    Rickie Yudin
    Director of Academic Success


    Ivy Le




    Melissa Andrews


    University of Texas

  • Connect

    We want to hear from you.