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KCI Conducts Five Summer Mini MERITs

by Krause Center for Innovation
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After 12 years of refining the successful MERIT program, the KCI team has distilled MERIT’s best practices and started working directly with school districts to provide Mini MERIT programs. Like the comprehensive MERIT program, Mini MERIT focuses on developing teachers’ confidence and skill level by emphasizing collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, all of […]

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MERIT Teachers on the Move: Cristina Bustamante

by Krause Center for Innovation
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What do teachers who participate in the Making Education Relevant & Interactive through Technology (MERIT) or Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence (FAME) do when they want to continue their KCI program professional learning experience? They apply to attend another KCI program! Teachers who have completed one of our flagship programs are returning to participate in […]

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MERIT 2014 Update

by Krause Center for Innovation
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The intensive MERIT 2014 summer institute kicked off with a cohort of 45 enthusiastic teachers from across the Bay Area. Representing 21 districts, some MERIT participants came from as far away as Petaluma, Watsonville, Pleasanton and Dixon. During the two-week institute, participants were immersed inlearning new technology tools to use in their classrooms. Even more […]

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New Blended Program Development Debuts

by Krause Center for Innovation
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A Powerful Game Changer What teaching approach is gaining more interest than traditional in-person or online options? The answer is blended learning. Often called hybrid learning, blended learning combines the traditional classroom experience with online instruction. The Sloan Consortium has defined hybrid courses as those that “integrate online with traditional face-to-face class activities in a […]

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FAME 2014 Draws Teachers from East Side Alliance Districts

by Krause Center for Innovation
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Teachers Unite for Common Core Math Standard With the rollout and implementation of the new Common Core State Standards for mathematics, school districts are collaborating more than ever. In fact, to aid collaboration activities, eight districts in East Side San Jose have formed the East Side Alliance (ESA), with the support of the Silicon Valley […]

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Enticing Teens with Technology & Hands-On Projects

by Krause Center for Innovation
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More than 200 teens participated in KCI/Foothill-De Anza community education extended year classes this summer. Eleven classes were offered in subjects including coding, game design and development, and multimedia skills. These STEM-based technology classes were held in partnership with Cupertino Union School District. For four weeks, students attended daily classes to learn how to design […]

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KCI Plans Launch of Statewide Professional Learning Network

by Krause Center for Innovation
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The Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) is excited to announce a new initiative to greatly expand its statewide role in helping educators provide superior learning environments for our children. The KCI, in alliance with Foothill College, will develop a professional learning infrastructure for California educators that will offer ongoing skill enhancement in educational technology; science, […]

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The mindset shift that has absolutely revolutionized my classroom

by Chris Burley
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Some approaches to learning are a waste of time The process of integrating technology into my teaching practices and slowly attempting to flip my classroom has had an unexpected consequence:  a complete mindset shift as to how I approach teaching.  As a Social Studies teacher, I had always assumed that it was my responsibility to […]

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Take a break, before you are broke – 5 ways to improve classroom health

by Chris Burley
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In this series we will highlight the experiences of teachers who participated in the MERIT program. Their words illustrate the impact and potential of the MERIT program to dramatically improve the quality of teaching, and the resulting learning environments for students. Ergonomic Breaks – Are we modeling them for the students? I was pleasantly surprised when my […]

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Voices of MERIT – Rachel Freed

by Rachel Freed
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In this series we will highlight the experiences of teachers who participated in the MERIT program. Their words illustrate the impact and potential of the MERIT program to dramatically improve the quality of teaching, and the resulting learning environments for students. Beyond Technology In The Classroom The MERIT program has transformed me on several different […]

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