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Teachers and students, schools and museums dream of becoming hubs of creativity & innovation. We're a tribe of dreamers and doers. Join us.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Education
  • Location St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded June 2004
  • Website

Company Summary

Our economic future requires connected, collaborative, creative problem-solvers. Teachers and students yearn to shape that future, yet are thwarted by a "teach to the test" culture that devalues and disconnects them. ResponsiveDesign, a design-thinking technology, and 3RDspace Institutes are powerful technologies that value and connect teachers and students to explore, envision and enact creative human-centric 21st century educational solutions.


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    Ralph Córdova
    Director & Lead Designer

    Ralph founded the CoLab in 2004. He publishes and gives talks on how creativity and innovation strengthen communities. He holds a B.A. in German Literature & Language from UC Riverside, a teaching credential, a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara with 14 years as a bilingual Spanish/English teacher. He has lived in Saint Louis since 2006, and currently teaches at University of Missouri Saint Louis.

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    Ann Taylor
    Co-Director & Lead Designer

    Ann has been a teacher educator at SIUE for over 10 years, after a decade as a middle and high school teacher in the UK. She has loved working with pre-service teachers as thedirector of the elementary education program, and is fortunate to work with experienced teachers to follow two other commitments of hers, mathematics education and action research. She fosters creativity and collaboration with a strong dose of innovation!

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    Jason Sellers
    Technology Scout

    Jason believes earning isn’t a solitary act; it happens within the space of a community. He believes for new ideas to blossom, we must help students create a learning space where risk-taking and reaching is valued. A CoLab member since 2009, Jason studies trends in connected learning technologies and filters them to CoLab members for their use. He teaches at a French Immersion High School in San Francisco.

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    Jeff Brierly
    Director of Media

    Jeff is the founder and owner of Verb-Editorial. He's passionate about capturing creative people at work through photography, video storytelling and his keen attention to aesthetic infographics.

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    Jeff Hudson
    Director of School Innovation Lab

    Jeff has been teaching English at Alton High School in Alton, IL for eighteen years. He first became involved with the CoLab in 2007, when he and Ralph Córdova successfully founded a National Writing Project site at SIUE. During the past 2 years, he has founded and directs the Innovation & Literacy Lab at Alton High School.

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    Dawn Jung
    Technology Ethnographer & Archivist

    Dawn's teacher career spanning 38 years has blessed her with many opportunities. While beginning as a classroom and instrumental music teacher, a series of transfers and new opportunities led her to experience classroom teaching at the primary and intermediate levels, and instructing kindergarten through fourth grade students as part of a Reading Improvement Grant. She documents and archives all of CoLab's technological developments.

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    Patti Kay Swank
    Director of Documentation & Research

    Patti is completing her 28th year teaching English at Highland High School. Her learning passions revolve around communication – be it in writing, speaking, drawing, painting or other genres. She learns from her students and strives to engage them in noticing their own and others' communication as a way of making meaning of various texts. Creating a space for others to discover their voice – be it words, art, music – that is her passion.

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    Jessica Pilgreen
    Digital Technology Liaison

    Jessica is the Technology Liaison for the CoLab since 2010. The CoLab provides her with continued opportunities to network with other passionate teachers, and to reflect on her own approaches to writing instruction in a digital environment in particular and learning in general. She actively brings into her classroom digital composing, and, assists CoLab members and teacher-leaders how to creatively and confidently harness Web 2.0 technologies.

Previous Investors

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    National Writing Project
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