Claudia wears many hats—learning ecosystem designer, consultant, producer, editor, writer, curator, meta-learning coach. She focuses on projects that significantly improve education and the lives of young people. She is dedicated to co-creating learning futures that place a high value on well-being, happiness, compassion, choice, self-direction, and social justice.
Recent projects include K-12 digital curriculum in English Language Arts, a “community-sourced” online teacher professional development environment for The NROC Network, and a pilot online “collaboratory” for NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurism) teachers and students in high schools in the SF Bay Area, Chicago, and Florida.
From 2006 – 2010, Claudia directed Education Programs at Linden Lab, creators of Second Life, the 3D Virtual World. At Linden Lab, Claudia advised universities, colleges, large urban school systems, small rural schools and international Ministries of Education on best practices for learning and teaching on the 3D Internet. Before joining Linden Lab, Claudia founded her own eLearning consulting company, providing leadership on pioneering internet projects in the U.S., Brazil, Fiji, Europe, and the Middle East (1997-2005).
With Dan Mapes, she co-founded three experimental medialabs in Santa Cruz and San Francisco between 1986 and 1996. Projects included real-time video performances with jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Ornette Coleman; SynergyLabs provided the technological expertise for early Internet video conferencing experiments such as the First Summit in Cyberspace (participants were Prime Minister Shimon Peres of Israel, former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter) in 1995.
Inspired by the work of John Holt, Ivan Illich, and Paolo Freire, Claudia was an early adopter of “growing without schooling.” She founded Journey, an innovative digital media apprenticeship program for teenagers. Prior to Journey, she created The Whole Earth Learning Center (Santa Cruz, CA) to support children and families in unschooling and co-learning.
As a young college graduate, she had the extraordinary opportunity to work as a teacher at The New School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and to practice video feedback in the classroom under the mentorship of public Montessori school pioneer, Nancy Rambusch.
Claudia advises Project Happiness, a 501(c)3 organization specializing in emotional resilience-building programs. She also advises JeepneED, a 501(c)3 organization offering mobile science labs to rural communities in the Philippines.
Claudia is a graduate of the first West Coast .b Mindfulness for Teens certification (UC San Diego). In addition, she completed the 9-week Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) program (Stanford University) at the Greater Good Science Center, Berkeley, California.
Selected Presentations & Publications
- Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy (SCOPE), New Ways to Teach and Learn for Student Engagement, Palo Alto, April, 2015, panelist
- Silicon Vikings SIG on Entrepreneurship and Learning, Future of Higher Education and MOOCs, Palo Alto, June 2013, panelist
- DOE’s Connected Educator Month, Giving Credit Where Credit is Due, webinar, August 2012, panelist
- Symposium on Next Generation Teaching & Learning, UC Berkeley, CA, April 2010, panelist
- Discovery Educator Network National Institute, Sausalito, CA, July 2009, Creativity Engine for Innovation, speaker
- BPC/NCWIT K-12 Outreach Workshop, Crystal City, VA, June 2009, Girls, Science and Second Life, speaker
- The Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA, April 2009, Innovating 21st Century Education, speaker
- NSF Taxonomy of Virtual Worlds, March 2009, Philadelphia, PA, STEM Learning in Second Life, speaker
- ReLive, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, November 2008, panelist
- Holland Open, Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 2008, Open Mind, keynote
- Smithsonian Storytelling Symposium, Washington, DC, Storytelling in the Metaverse, May 2008, speaker
- CoSN International Symposium, Arlington, VA, March 2008, Bringing Web 2.0 Innovation to our Schools: Leadership and Policy Challenges, panelist
- YPulse Mashup Conference, San Francisco, CA, September 2007, The New School, panelist
- Next Generation Exploration Conference, NASA Ames Research Center, August 2006, speaker
- Invited expert for University of California Santa Cruz Distance Learning Forum, November 2000
- Presentation at Virginia Polytechnic University on designing distributed learning networks, July 2000
- Co-author, Creating Learning Communities (Solomon Press, 2000)