We design powerful creative learning experiences for teachers, students, and organizations
Personalized support for schools, businesses, and community organizations that want to integrate creative learning as a way to nurture curiosity, creativity, and critical perspective.
Innovative lesson plans, activity guides, and teaching experiences that connect creativity with curriculum standards, transforming ordinary classrooms into extraordinary learning spaces.
Facilitating professional development experiences for teachers via keynotes, hands-on workshops, conferences, and ongoing support.
Unique hands-on kits and learning resources that combine traditional and high-tech materials to jumpstart the creative process.
We help schools and other learning institutions become more creative, hands-on, and exciting for learners of all ages, providing them with opportunities to create in imaginative and meaningful ways.
We specialize in the design and implementation of workshops, educational materials, and spaces for hands-on, interest-based, and invention-oriented learning. Our goal is to change education, empowering teachers to design and integrate creative learning experiences and strategies in their classrooms or organizations. Our curriculum and products are unique in their focus on low-cost materials and activities that can be implemented in diverse settings.
An offspring of the MIT Media Lab and the Harvard School of Education, our team is comprised of artists, educators, researchers, designers, and technologists with decades of experience working on creative learning projects with schools, community groups, governments, businesses, and private organizations from different parts of the world.
Rachel Garber, Director
Rachel is an educator with 20+ years of experience working with young people, volunteers, teachers, and parents in both public school and community-based educational programs. She has a passion for infusing creativity into learning and exposing children to new opportunities to help them discover their potential. She has worked closely with organizations such as MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten Group, The Clubhouse Network, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Boston Public Schools. She specializes in program development, curriculum design, and professional development for children and adults.
Leo is interested in the design of innovative technologies and approaches for creative learning and social empowerment. With a PhD from the MIT Media Lab, Leo currently directs the Lab's Lemann Creative Learning Program, an initiative that helps Brazilian public schools, after school centers, and families engage in learning practices that are more hands-on and centered on students' interests and ideas.
Outside MIT, Leo has worked for groups such as the World Bank, Microsoft, and the Brazilian government. He has also coordinated a non-profit organization that built "computer and citizenship" schools in Sao Paulo slums, and was a key contributor to several international initiatives that use digital tools to improve quality of life.
Willa is an artist-educator living in Brooklyn, NY. She believes in the power of imagination to build a better, more sustainable, more humane world and has worked to support young people and teachers in this work through her roles as a classroom teacher, teaching artist, project director, freelance illustrator, and research project manager.
Mariana is interested in designing creative and meaningful learning experiences, using technology as a medium for expression. She graduated from the University of Sao Paulo with a Bachelor of Science in Design. In 2017, she joined MIT Media Lab as a visiting student to work on her undergraduate final project, "Design Principles for Creative Learning." She holds a master degree in Creative Technologies & Design from the University of Colorado Boulder. Currently, she is a PhD fellow and research assistant at the Center for Computational Thinking and Design at Aarhus University in Denmark.
Natalie Catlett is an illustrator, educator, and edupreneur. A firm believer in the transformative power of the arts in education, Natalie's passion is to find ways for students and teachers to experience their imaginative and creative capabilities every day. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design, obtained her master's degree in Art Education at Tufts University, a master's degree from The University of Pennsylvania in Education Entrepreneurship. Before shifting into education, Natalie worked in children's animation and publishing industries. Natalie has been teaching both art and design for nearly a decade. Originally from Brazil, she has extensive experience collaborating with schools, organizations, and companies designing and executing immersive art-led learning experiences.
CLIENTS AND COLLABORATORS
“The team from the Creative Learning Company facilitated a nearly two hour "makers" workshop as the featured activity for our day-long Creativity and Innovation retreat last May. They were fantastic. Clear, self-reliant, charming, smart, and loads of fun.
They managed to inspire a group of over 30 faculty from Art and Design, Business, English, Government, and Theatre to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, embrace resilience and iteration as they imagined a future together built with familiar and whimsical objects.
They were a delight both in the planning and running of the event and created a safe, stimulating, nurturing environment that inspired everyone in the room to move outside their comfort zones and play. I recommend the team at CLC with great enthusiasm and without qualification.”
— DR. MARILYN PLOTKINS
Creativity and Innovation Steering Committee Co-Chair at Suffolk University, Boston.