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“Our teachers are using TabLab to allow students to explore and
learn in completely new ways. It’s very exciting for us.”

Donetta Rankin Dehart, Principal, Manaugh Elementary
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Feb 2017

Over 70 teachers enroll in the first cohort of the TabLab Teacher Training course.

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Feb 2017

TabLab partners with the Centennial BOCES to add 4 new rural school partners from Northeast Colorado.

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Jan 2017

Founder Ross Wehner delivers 5 TabLab programs to new partner schools in Karatu, Tanzania.

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Dec 2016

New Teacher Trainers are hired in Tanzania, Costa Rica, and the US and begin TabLab Trainer Certification course.

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November 2016

Executive Director Heather Hiebsch holds training in Tanzania, recruits new trainers.

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October 2016

TabLab launches $300,000 Social Venture Fund to finance Phase II growth from 8 to 24 schools and build the basic building blocks for scale.

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August 2016

TabLab adds Escuela San Gerardo in Costa Rica. TabLab wins $15,000 grant from The International Foundation.

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July 2016

TabLab launches first-ever intern program in Costa Rica, and an exchange program where students from Lakeside School in Seattle spent three weeks with peer students at G-Arusha Secondary School in Tanzania.

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July 2016

Heather Hiebsch, a veteran school principal and nationally recognized education innovator, joins TabLab as Executive Director.

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May 2016

TabLab wins a $5,000 grant from the April Fund.

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April 2016

TabLab launches first iteration of its Trainer Certification Program, a week-long training program held in various locations throughout Colorado with TabLab trainers from around the world.

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March 2016

TabLab adds Liceo Rural San Juan Pangola and Escuela Bajos Chilamate in Costa Rica.

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January 2016

TabLab adds G-Arusha Secondary School in Karatu, Tanzania, and Orkeeswa Secondary School in Monduli, Tanzania.

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December 2015

TabLab publishes two-year impact data showing strong gains in reading, writing, and collaboration skills in Phase I TabLab schools. World Leadership Foundation invests $74, 193 into school infrastructure projects in Belize, Guatemala, Peru and India.

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November 2015

TabLab applies for, and wins, a $20,000 grant from Pearson through the Employee Challenge Fund for Literacy.

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August 2015

TabLab holds its annual board meeting on site in Sarapiquí, Costa Rica.

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April 2015

After intensive focus groups and strategic planning, World Leadership Foundation launches TabLab with the mission to “Partner with rural schools to transform teaching and learning.” TabLab begins search for formal grant funding to scale TabLab.

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March 2015

World Leadership Foundation expands its pilot to elementary and high schools in the community of El Paraíso, thanks to successful crowd funding through a Colorado Gives Campaign.

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February 2015

World Leadership Foundation launches a new TabLab pilot at Manaugh Elementary School in Cortez, Colorado with partial funding from corporate sponsor, Kinder Morgan.

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January 2015

World Leadership Foundation Launches a new TabLab pilot at Banjika Secondary School in Karatu, Tanzania, with funding from Ericsson, the Swedish technology company.

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December 2014

World Leadership Foundation sends a total of $172,808 in donations and completes 27 separate school community projects in Belize, Peru, Costa Rica, Tanzania, India, New Mexico, Haiti and Rwanda.

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September 2014

World Leadership Foundation hires a full-time Program Director to manage the TabLab project. With the help of technology and design leaders in Boulder, CO, WLF develops the idea and branding around what is now TabLab.

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December 2013

World Leadership Foundation raises $116,731 in donations and completes 25 separate school community projects in Belize, Peru, Costa Rica, Tanzania, India, New Mexico, and Rwanda.

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March 2013

World Leadership Foundation focuses its Costa Rica pilot on a rural primary school, La Lucha Primary School, in order to understand impact and assess learning.

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December 2012

World Leadership Foundation raises $112,354 in donations and completes 29 separate school community projects in Kenya, Belize, Peru, Costa Rica, Tanzania, India, and New Mexico.

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July 2012

World Leadership Foundation sends first mobile tablet lab to a rural school near Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Costa Rica. The TabLab consisted of 10 iPads in Otterbox cases, an AirBook web server and a humidity-proof Pelican case.

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March 2012

Board members come up with the idea of a mobile tablet lab after brainstorming different alternatives to traditional computer labs.

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December 2011

World Leadership Foundation raises $93,765 in student donations and completes 23 separate school community projects in Kenya, Belize, Peru, Costa Rica, Tanzania and Guadeloupe. One of these projects is a traditional computer lab in Belize.

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June 2011

The World Leadership Foundation board raises its first individual donations and funds a grant for a traditional computer lab at Orkeeswa Secondary School in Monduli, Tanzania.

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December 2010

World Leadership Foundation receives non-profit status from US Internal Revenue Service as a 501©(3).

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December 2010

World Leadership Foundation raises $56,822 in student donations and completes 18 separate school community projects in Kenya, Belize, Peru, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

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December 2009

World Leadership Foundation raises $11,850 in student donations and begins a girls’ dormitory project in Shompole Group Ranch, Kenya, along with projects in Belize and Peru.

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July 2009

World Leadership Foundation incorporates as a nonprofit in the state of Colorado.

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June 2008

World Leadership School raises its first student donations to build classrooms in Belize and Peru. The idea of starting a non-profit foundation to handle these donations is born.