Every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make and do. This is the core of the philosophy of Worlds of Making, founded by Laura Fleming, which aims to provide professional learning experiences that will empower and equip educators with necessary maker-education related skills. The Worlds of Making gears that are seen on the home page, identify the major components of maker education today and are intended to give a well-rounded professional learning experience for K-12 educators. Rooted in research and evidence-based best practices, Worlds of Making strives to provide high-quality, innovative professional learning that will continue to push learning forward through the 21st century, and beyond.
Laura Fleming has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 25 years. She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades preK-12 and currently as a Library Media Specialist for grades preK-3. She has played a prominent role in education as a writer and speaker and has served as an educational consultant on next-generation teaching methods and tools.
Laura is the author of the best-selling books, Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School, and The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces. She is also a recipient of the National School Boards ‘20 to Watch’ in Educational Technology Leadership for 2014 and was nominated as a White House Champion of Change for Making. She is also the architect of an online microcredentialing platform, and is considered by some to be a pioneer in that space.
Laura currently serves as an adjunct professor for Rutgers University, where she designed and is teaching a graduate course on makerspaces. She is the founder of Worlds of Making, LLC, an educational company designed to offer meaningful professional development makerspace experiences for educators.