Laura Scheiber recently received her Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in comparative and international education. During her studies she had the privilege of working on a research project with Dr. Arthur Levine, president emeritus of Teachers College. The findings of their work was published in Unequal Fortunes: Snapshots from the South Bronx
, which compares the realities of growing up in a Bronx neighborhood during the 1960s and the turn of the millennium.
Thanks to a Fulbright grant, Laura was able to conduct her dissertation research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she studied the learning trajectories of social entrepreneurs dedicated to violence prevention in urban areas. Her research interests span a number of topics, including violence prevention, urban education and youth, Brazil, social mobility, experiential learning, social entrepreneurship and intercultural communication.
One of Laura’s favorite experiences as a student at Teachers College was working on the AfterEd video channel at EdLab. Now that she has graduated, she is thrilled to be back at EdLab as an innovation fellow. Currently her primary focus is on New Learning Times, but she looks forward to working on other EdLab-related projects as well.
During her free time, she enjoys traveling, surfing, dancing and eating anything with chocolate. She hopes to start a revolution to make chocolate one of the basic food groups.