Lars Esdal (formerly Lars Johnson) facilitates and provides leadership to Education Evolving's strategy development; the execution of its program; and the writing and distribution of its publications. He is also President of the Labrador Foundation, a private foundation that shares a theory of change with Education Evolving.
Lars is a graduate of the Minnesota New Country School, a student-centered, teacher-powered charter school in rural Minnesota. While there, he became convinced that students learn first and foremost from what they see modeled around them; when they see teachers exercising agency, collaboration, and shared leadership, they internalize and manifest those qualities in their own lives, communities, and workplaces.
Inspired by a desire to make student-centered learning available for all young people, Lars started working part-time with Education Evolving the fall directly after graduating from high school, while enrolled in college in Saint Paul.
In a prior life Lars was also a software designer and developer, and social media strategist. He founded a web consultancy, which helped dozens of think tanks, foundations, and government agencies use the web to develop and distribute their ideas. Most notably, he is co-creator of CitiZing, a public policy crowd sourcing platform.
Lars holds a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College, and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. He is an accomplished student of foreign languages, and is passionate about cooking, mixology, and latin dance.
You can reach Lars at firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Evolving is a Minnesota-based group of thought leaders in education reform.
E|E works to convince those who make and influence policy that America's success depends on creating radically different and better ways for young people to learn and for teachers to work.