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The Baldwin School congratulates Dr. Laura Blankenship, Computer Science Chair and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, on being named one of the 67 Influential Educators Who Are Changing the Way We Learn. The list, curated by Noodle, is comprised of teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, and activists whose innovations reach learners across the globe and are transforming the way people think.
Noodle is a leading education site, providing learners with everything they need to find the right fit. Through unbiased data and trusted advice, Noodle connects students with schools, programs, resources, experts and more.
Noodle extensively investigated the movers and shakers of education and selected 67 as the ones to watch in 2015. In their search, they decided to define educator broadly. On this list there are teachers as well as bloggers, journalists, policymakers, researchers, and activists who are transforming the education space as we know it.
While the influencers on this list cover lots of educational ground, they also share several key characteristics. All are currently active in the education world, doing something influential in 2015, affiliated with a highly regarded institution and/or personally well-known, and making an impact on the larger field beyond their classrooms or offices.
Dr. Blankenship has become an authentic voice in education issues, which she often expresses on her nearly decade-old Geeky Mom blog. She is a strong supporter of female involvement in traditionally male-dominated STEM fields like computer science, and she participates in nationwide workshops and presentations. She currently serves on the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Board of Directors as a 9-12 Representative.
Dr. Blankenship has a B.A. from Rhodes College and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition from the University of Arkansas.