Juliette LaMontagne

Founder & CEO, Breaker
New York, NY, United States

About Juliette

Bio

Juliette LaMontagne, Ed.D., spent fifteen years piloting learning experiments with the New York City Department of Education – as a classroom teacher, as a professional developer, and as a teacher trainer. Her innovative work in education is recognized by TED, where she is a Senior Fellow and the Institute of Design at Stanford University where she is a d.fellow. She was named to the Public Interest 100 in 2012 and received excellence in teaching awards from Columbia University, Teachers College where she was a Lecturer from 1999-2004. In 2011 she founded Breaker to close the gap between education and employment. Breaker builds local, national, and global challenges to introduce participants to a design process that lends immediacy and relevancy to learning. Participants exit Breaker with new skills and abilities; products and services result from Breaker ready for impact.

TED Conferences

TED2015, TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TED2011, TEDGlobal 2010, TED2010, TED2009

Areas of Expertise

Design Thinking, Youth entrepreneurship, Experiential Education, Performance based assessment, Ecosystem Development, Community & Social Development

An idea worth spreading

Ingenuity is a learned skill that can be taught. The demands of the innovation economy call on all of us to reframe how we learn, how we teach, and how we work.

I'm passionate about

curricula as art, new media literacies, people and their stories, marshland, cranberry bogs...

Talk to me about

seeding social ventures, youth entrepreneurship, unschooled spaces

People don't know I'm good at

dry wall, shrunken apple head carving, harvesting bogs

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Juliette LaMontagne
Posted over 2 years ago
Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
One would think there should be some new data collected by Mitra in the last two years since unveiling the "granny cloud" at TED Global in 2010. His 2013 TED prize talk cites the very same anecdotal evidence as the Global talk. Where's the refinement? Has it even been repeated in the interim?
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Juliette LaMontagne
Posted over 3 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?
what's exciting to me about customized learning environments online is that - if constructed well - they're effective, yes. But as important, they're efficient! If a student can demonstrate mastery in a few weeks as opposed to a semester, you have huge swaths of time that can be spent doing hands-on, high-touch project work. That's an opportunity.
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Juliette LaMontagne
Posted over 3 years ago
What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?
A story: a young woman recently contacted me. She'd taken a year off from college to create her own self-directed year of learning and asked if I would serve as her advisor. Her "syllabus" was filled with travel, books, and on-line engagements. My first bit of advice to her was to use the International Studies Schools Network's Global Leadership Performance Outcomes as a guiding document. Framing her experiences as a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates her mastery of these global leadership characteristics gives potential employers an accessible means of interpreting a wide range of inputs and their value.