By: K12 Lab Network

The Opportunity

Design, prototype, test, and share new methods of spreading promising education ideas and practices throughout the K-12 field.

Collaborate with colleagues in higher education and K-12.

Be a part of a small team of education designers with a deep commitment to equity, and the opportunity and responsibility to think radically about how to address inequity.

Learn from colleagues across the and beyond.

This is a full time position at Stanford with salary and benefits, starting in mid-September. This is a grant funded position with an estimated arc of two years.


To apply for this role, please submit the following to the K12 team via email ( by July 15, 2019:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Design work sample
  • Writing sample
  • Additional work sample in any medium that shows the essence of what you bring to the world (personal website, portfolio, publication, program design, other...)

Diffusion Designer: Making Ideas Spread

The K12 Lab at the Stanford is seeking to hire a full time Diffusion Designer who is charged with designing new ways to help promising ideas, information, and program models spread. This role is built on the premise that while there has been some attention placed on designing new offerings for educators, there has been less attention placed on figuring out how to share those new offerings in ways that work well for educators and can reach many.

Practitioners, researchers, neuroscientists, and others craft insights, best practices, and research- backed ideas with the intention of getting them into the hands of educators. Yet all too often these ideas either don’t reach many educators or fail to offer practical applications and strategies. We need a Diffusion Designer willing to wrangle research and complex program models into forms that are usable for educators—someone who is excited to design radical ways to equitably spread instructional and cultural practices with educators.

The K12 Lab is a catalyst for creative confidence in the elementary and secondary education sectors. Through workshops, fellowships, and sharing open source tools, we teach using immersive real-world projects where creative problem-solving matters most. We aim to obliterate opportunity gaps in K-12 education by experimenting with new models and sharing design approaches with stakeholders in the K-12 sector. We make ideas happen.

The Diffusion Designer will...

Transform Research into Practice

Utilize insights from resources, such as the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s How People Learn II: Learnings, Contexts, and Cultures and other relevant research in the design work of “do-it-yourself” instructional and cultural practices.

Engage practitioners, students, learning scientists, behavior scientists, neuroscientists and others to ensure the fidelity of our design work.

Understand the theory of diffusion of innovation and recognize opportunities to engage a range of educators at all points on the adoption curve.

Design for Spread

Design and test new instructional or cultural practices that enable educators to take a “do-it-yourself” approach over a short-term period toward the implementation of promising new practices.

Engage a community of leaders and/or teachers who are testing the same practices to foster camaraderie and investment.

Catalyze momentum for new education practices in at least three communities with the work of three regional fellows through the co-design of regional events.

Explore, create, test, and prototype radical ways to spread best practices and resources to educators.

Advance Equity and Inclusion

Actively seek collaborators from historically marginalized groups to co-design and test materials, tools, and learning experiences.

Engage the K12 Lab team and others to interrogate tools and materials through the lens of equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Investigate and remove barriers to expand access to K12 Lab tools and materials.

Work as a member of a team

Collaborate closely with the Directors of the K12 Lab and other members of the K12 Lab team.

Advance the mission of the

Serve as an integral part of the K12 Lab team. Contribute to K12 Lab projects and jump in to support colleagues on projects, as needed.

Be agile and willing to shift priorities as work emerges.

Share insights, tools, and stories

Share the implications of research for classroom instruction, school culture, and the design of learning environments through stories, tools, and other mediums.

Regularly share stories and tools coming out of the K12 Lab and the diffusion work.

Use written, visual, and other forms of media to convey stories or spread tools.

Be a great storyteller.

What we’re looking for...

Experience and Education

Relevant experience working within the K-12 educational system

Excellent adult learning facilitation and coaching skills Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication


Significant experience cultivating relationships across a broad spectrum of communities and people

Bias toward experimentation

Ability to see constraints as opportunities within the K-12 system

A capacity to balance thought leadership with execution

Ability to weave emerging ideas from outside sectors into the field of education

Design Skills

Demonstrated experience working to spread ideas

Experience creating and designing accessible tools for educators

Passionate about the field of design


The is committed to welcoming and supporting a diverse community of learners, teachers, and doers. As such, people with personal or professional experience as part of communities of color and underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to be in touch.

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