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Authentic Learning Lab

A network of global students and virtual mentors designing and co-creating meaningful projects rooted in their communities.

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A-Lab seeks to link students to virtual mentors that assist them in co-designing real-world learning experiences both locally and globally. Through our programs, global learners are inspired by their own interests to use key 21st-century skills in authentic project-based learning. Our digital platform provides students a space to create projects using the design cycle, collect evidence of their progress, receive feedback from mentors and peers, and showcase their work to the world. Throughout our programs, mentors will provide regular holistic life coaching (financial skills, physical wellbeing, social and emotional support) that will ensure that students are confident and prepared for the future that they decide. Let's start applying our learning to the world around us instead of burying our heads in outdated textbooks and standardized tests. Authentic Learning programs, trainings, and workshops are also available to schools and universities virtually and onsite. Reach out today to learn more at authenticlearninglab@gmail.com. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

The majority of the time students spend in school is aimed at meeting the metric of a standardized test based on outdated or overly nationalized curricula. They are faced with countless distractions, bullying, and bad influences and their teachers are generally overworked and underpaid. Students, generally, are not experiencing their learning but being force-fed large quantities of information instead of being asked to think critically and design solutions. Project-based learning is a movement that has been around for a while that solves this problem, but it is incomplete without structured coaching and support that covers many of the elements that traditional schooling is lacking. These parts include social-emotional learning, financial education, personalized student career coaching, physical wellbeing, and general individualized support as well as an understanding that education should be directly linked to the communities we live.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I've been working at the cutting edge of educational change for the last decade at schools like THINK Global School and Global Online Academy. As an educational consultant, I've designed innovative curricula for both including consulting with various universities and non-profits. Authentic Learning Lab is the combination of my global experiences and that of my incredible team of educators, entrepreneurs, and other humans dedicated to making the world a better place. 

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

The Authentic Learning Lab was developed on the west coast of Mexico in beautiful Puerto Vallarta. Our digital programs are offered to global students, schools, and universities. We currently have partnerships with students and schools in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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Dear Nicholas,

I love the approach you are choosing to cultivate the potential of young people to learn and discover more of their authentic selves. Curious what are your thoughts and how you could help me develop further the contribution I've shared @Humaversity. Thanks in advance!

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