Laura has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 20 years. She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and currently as a Library Media Specialist for grades 9-12. Laura is a strong advocate of using New Media and Vanguard Techniques for Interactive and Transmedia (multi-platform) Storytelling. She has played a prominent role in education as a writer and speaker and has served as an educational consultant on next-generation teaching methods and tools. Laura has also consulted on Transmedia properties, working with producers to help maximize the value of their creations and toolsets for teachers and students. She is also the author of the best-selling Worlds of Learning: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (Corwin, 2015).
Laura’s goal is to create learning experiences that empower and equip students with necessary skills to effectively produce and consume content across multiple media platforms. She is also driven to enable educators and cohorts in applying these innovative methods and cutting-edge technology in their fields of expertise. She is an educational consultant, thought leader and speaker on education, librarianship, and technology.
Recently, Laura created a digital badge-based professional development platform in which educators all over the world earn badges in acknowledgement of their informal professional learning. Her library Makerspace has garnered national attention and has served as an inspiration for schools across the country. She is also a recipient of the National School Boards ‘20 to Watch’ in Educational Technology Leadership for 2014, as well as a 2015 Bammy Award Recipient for National School Librarian of the Year.
She is also a recipient of the National School Boards '20 to Watch' in Educational Technology Leadership for 2014 and was recently nominated as a White House Champion of Change for Making. She is also a Future Ready Schools Thought Partner. Her blog was recognized in 2017 as one of the top K-12 IT blogs by EdTech Magazine. Her second book, The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces, is due out in October of 2017.