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Brett Taylor

Program Lead, Social & Educational Entrepreneurship, Assistant Professor




MBA, Entrepreneurship/ Entrepreneurial Studies, Babson College, 2018

Ed.D, Educational Leadership and Administration, University of the Pacific, 2014

MA, Education, University of California, Davis, 2005

BA, English, Brigham Young University, 2003

My focus is on creating learning environments that cultivate the habits of entrepreneurs by engaging students in the work of the real world.  At Benerd, I serve as the program lead for our new Educational Entrepreneurship program which I helped design. I was the Founding Principal of the Patiño School of Entrepreneurship, a public high school in Fresno, California. The school was developed around the idea of rethinking what it school by building an interdisciplinary curriculum around student-led companies and connecting with the entrepreneurial and technology sectors of Fresno. Before that, I was also the Principal of Duncan Polytechnical High School where I led the redesign of career-oriented programs into a focused small learning community academy system.  Before I became a school administrator, I enjoyed teaching English and Social Studies at the middle school level. I also am the CEO of an educational innovation consulting firm, NewSchool Innovation Consulting.  

As a professor, I believe the journey is more important than the destination and I encourage my students to continually evaluate the learning process and their growth. I also believe the skills that are gained are more important than the letters you put after your name. For this reason, I strive to make learning applicable through projects that allow students to consult with organizations and build their own solutions.  


  • Entrepreneurship in Education
  • Educational Innovation 
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Innovation & Adaptation
  • Online & Blended Learning 
  • Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Business Model Canvas, and other Innovation Frameworks in Education 
  • Organizational Systems & Structures 
  • Coding & Technology Education 
  • Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
  • EDUC 215 Creativity & Ideation
  • EDUC 235 Design Thinking for Organizational Analysis
  • EDUC 236 Prototyping for Organizational Improvement
  • EDUC 279 Innovation in Education
  • EDUC 287 Educational & Social Entrepreneurship
  • EDUC 295M Seminar: Instructional Design and Development
  • EDUC 354 Applied Inquiry II
  • EDUC 360 Trends, Issues, and Dynamics of Change
  • EDUC 364 Educational Policy Making and Politics
  • EDUC 366 Marketing & Public Relations in Education
  • EDUC 377 Design Thinking & Lean Startup for Social Impact

Recent Publications:

  • Taylor, B. (2018). Using a startup model for school change.
    Leadership: Association of California School Administrators, 47(5), 36-40.      
  • Taylor, B. & McNair, D. (2018) Virtual school startups: Founder processes in American  k-12 public virtual schools.
    International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19 (1), 312-326. 
  • Taylor, B. (2018). Entrepreneurial Spirit: Middle School Curricula. Fresno, CA:
    Entrepreneur Pathways, Inc. 

Recent Presentations:

  • IncubatorEdu National Summit, 2018
    Keynote: Building a Building a Robust Community Partner Ecosystem 
  • Educating for Careers California Conference, 2018
    Building a Robust Community Partner Ecosystem 
  • Americorps Spring Conference, 2018
    Designing your Life for Social Impact 
  • Presentation to the São Paulo Prefectural, Brazil, 2018
    Entrepreneurship in Education 
  • City Year Sacramento: Service to Career Mid-Year Summit, 2018
    Building Young Entrepreneurs- and Why It Matters 
  • Discovering Pacific Showcase, 2017
    Redesigning Education 
  • Better Together- California Teachers Summit- University of the Pacific, 2017
    Educational Entrepreneurship 
  • Project Management Institute Region 7 Leadership Summit, 2017
    Keynote: Inspiring the Next Generation Entrepreneurs in the Central Valley 
  • Harris Lecture Series- University of the Pacific, 2017
    Rethinking Education    

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