Miriam Swords Kalk is a Senior Education Designer at the Education Design Lab who relishes the opportunity to contribute her experience with learning science, behavioral science, community engagement, and human-centered and equity-centered design to the Lab’s work.
As part of multiple projects at the Lab, including the Single Moms Success Design Challenge and the BRIDGES Rural Design Challenge, she collaborates with communities across the country to co-design education and workforce experiences that offer people who have been historically underinvested in opportunities to create the futures they want for themselves.
Miriam has a passion for supporting the Lab’s ongoing iteration of its design practice toward more sustainable, equitable impact. She leads the Lab’s community-of-practice strategy, helps facilitate internal learning about equity-centered design, and has spearheaded the infusion of Self-Determination Theory throughout the Lab’s design approach as a lens through which to better understand and support high-quality engagement for learners and workers.
Prior to joining the Lab, Miriam shaped learner experience strategy at Udacity, where she collaborated with teams across the company to incorporate learning science and motivational design best practices into industry-relevant online learning experiences. In addition to her obsession with learning about learning, she bakes as much as she can to bring joy to those around her.