Ready to Blend certifies facilitators to guide their own schools in setting up blended-learning environments that improve the achievement and well-being of K-12 students.
Heather Staker founded Ready to Blend in 2015 because she was exasperated with boring professional development workshops for teachers, including her own boring workshops. Having recently co-authored Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (San Francisco: Wiley, 2015) with Michael B. Horn of the Christensen Institute, she was traveling the world teaching school leaders and teachers how to implement blended learning. She found it ironic, however, that most education conferences about blended, personalized learning were not in fact blended themselves.
Intent to transform professional development from sit-and-get instruction to participant-driven, high-agency learning, Staker and her team developed the Blended Learning Live! professional development program. They partnered with Agilix to provide the Buzz platform to power the experience. The premise was simple: the best way for educators to learn about blended, student-centered learning is by experiencing it for themselves.
Today, Blended Learning Live! has reached thousands of leaders and teachers worldwide. The Ready to Blend team is passionate about giving educators the tools and training they need to bring blended-learning professional development expertise in-house to allow districts and schools to equip their own people.
Heather Staker oversees research and development, outreach, and operations at Ready to Blend. Prior to founding Ready to Blend, she co-authored the bestselling book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (San Francisco: Wiley, 2015). She has appeared on radio and television and in legislative hearings nationwide as a spokesperson for student-centered learning.
Heather is also the co-founder of Brain Chase Productions, which develops and produces online-learning adventure challenges disguised as worldwide treasure hunts for children and adults.
Prior to these roles, Heather was a senior research fellow for the Clayton Christensen Institute and a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company. She served for one year as the student member of the California State Board of Education during Governor Pete Wilson’s administration, taught U.S. history as a teaching fellow at Harvard College, founded a co-op preschool, and marketed Oil of Olay for Proctor & Gamble.
She holds a BA magna cum laude in government from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. She lives with her husband and five kids in Austin, Texas.
Theresa Carter designs the online and blended elements of Blended Learning Live! workshops. She ensures that participants have a seamless and efficient technical experience.
Her education journey arcs from the classroom, to the virtual world, and into the education-technology arena. Most recently, Theresa was the director of education services with Agilix Labs, and currently holds a technology position with the Potlatch School District in northern Idaho.
Prior to these roles, Theresa spent 23 years in the brick-and-mortar classroom, teaching English, speech, reading, and health. In the midst of her classroom experience, she attained a master’s degree in adult education/online learning, and spent nearly ten years with Idaho’s state virtual school, teaching online, organizing professional development, and serving as a blended-learning specialist.
Theresa lives in Princeton, Idaho, with her husband; she has two grown sons, is a voracious reader, and a lover of all things triathlon.