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Student Media Collaboration

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Learn about ways your district and classroom can partner with the KCI! Discover the collaborative story of East Side Union High School District, KCI, and Foothill College - powered by WeVideo!

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Certificate Programs

Immersive learning experiences for educators who want to take their careers to the next level. Typically,  programs start with a week of intensive learning followed by online classes and periodic group events. Certificate and college credits / CEUs.


One day or short series, designed to quickly share skills you can use right away.  No credits.


Typically a few weeks long, these classes are designed especially for trained educators and requires registration at Foothill Community College. College credits / CEUs.

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Mariflor Medrano

"I've been able to expand my professional learning network. I appreciate that KCI has expanded my worldview on teaching and professional development. I thought I was relegated to eternally attending conferences as my only form of PD. The skills I took away from KCI will be with me forever."

Mariflor Medrano / MERIT 2018
Instructor of Science & Polynesian Dance Club Moderator, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory

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What's New?

TLC Ninja Podcast

KCI Guest Drops on the TLC Ninja Podcast

January 10, 2022

The MERIT Program was recently featured in the Los Altos Town Crier, a local newspaper serving the Los Altos community.

MERIT21 Launch

MERIT Makes a Splash in Local News!

January 7, 2022

The MERIT Program was recently featured in the Los Altos Town Crier, a local newspaper serving the Los Altos community.


KCI Community Showcase featuring Christina DeGregorio

December 8, 2021

In our recent KCI Cast episode, Cate Tolnai interviews Christina DeGregorio, a #MERIT21 scholar, middle school Science and Forensics teacher, and health and wellness advocate from Burlingame Intermediate School.


Our Expert Instructors

Meet some of the many talented educators who lead our programs, workshops, and classes.

Kas Pereira

Kas is the current Teacher in Residence at the KCI. She is in charge of curriculum development, course management, and instruction. She is also the Director of the KCI’s Makerspace…

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Kyle Brumbaugh

Kyle is currently the Director of Technology and Innovation in the Redwood City School District in Redwood City, CA. He is a veteran educator who holds the title of California’s…

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Ed Campos

Ed Campos currently works as an Independent Education Consultant and Math/Computer Science/Ed Tech Consultant with Kings County Office of Education in the Central Valley of California. He taught high school Math…

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Stephen Sharp

Stephen Sharp is a Nationally Certified School Suicide Prevention Specialist, and continues to work with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to pilot an electronic behavioral health screening for schools. He works…

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Kelly Shafsky

I have been an educator for over 30 years. I have experience teaching elementary, middle and high school, here in California and also in bilingual schools in Honduras and Mexico…

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Rushton Hurley

Rushton Hurley has worked and studied on three continents as a Japanese language teacher, school principal, teacher trainer, and inspirational speaker. He founded and directs the educational nonprofit Next Vista…

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Martin Cisneros

Martin Ricardo Cisneros (@TheTechProfe) is a Modern Learning Advisor, speaker, GeekDad, TechJedi, SuperMariachi and a Director of Technology, from Silicon Valley! At his current position, he provides strategic leadership in…

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Katherine Goyette

Katherine Goyette is an Educational Consultant for Technology & Integrated Studies for Tulare County Office of Education. She designs and implements professional learning sessions & speaking engagements, conducts in-class coaching,…

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Rachel Freed

Rachel Freed is a co-founder and the President of the Institute for Student Astronomical Research (InStAR), as well as a seminar instructor, with a mission to incorporate true scientific research…

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Zac Hansel

I believe that each student is a unique individual who requires a secure, supportive, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, and socially. As an educator,…

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Linda Ullah

Linda Ullah is a retired K-12 teacher who has also worked as teacher in residence and an online Instructor at the Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill  She has been a coach…

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Cate Tolnai

Cate Tolnai supports educators and leaders as Director of Marketing & Strategy at the Krause Center for Innovation. She has been in education since 2002, and brings her experience in…

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Karly Moura

Karly Moura is a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) and Computer Science teacher at Sun Terrace Elementary STEM Magnet School in the Mount Diablo USD in Concord, California. Karly is also part…

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Adam Juarez

Adam Juarez is a 6-12 Technology Integration Coach and History Teacher for Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District. In addition to teaching history, he leads teachers in implementing tech into their…

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Jesus Huerta

I am a 5th grade teacher in Imperial County for Calexico Unified School District. I love technology and blending it with every subject, which also doubles as a way to…

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Melissa Hero

Melissa Hero is a biology teacher, technology coordinator, and online/distance learning coach at Carlmont High School, in Belmont, CA.  She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors of Science Degree…

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Sheena Vaidyanathan

Sheena Vaidyanathan teaches computer science to 11-13 year olds and is the Computer Science Integration Specialist for the Los Altos School District, where she has designed computer science curricula, conducted professional…

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Sumithira Sukumar

Dedicated and student-focused educational professional with over 11 years of teaching experience in post-secondary classrooms. Committed to consistently refining pedagogy and teaching tools that reflect cultural sensitivity and an integrated learning approach…

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Bayard Nielsen

Award-winning Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer, Spanish Teacher and Department Chair with international teaching experience. Instructor on the use of technology to transform learning at the secondary level…

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Alisha Zare

Alisha currently serves as the STEM ToSA for Sunnyvale School District, in addition to facilitating the EMpowered Math (4th-5th grade) program for KCI. In her spare time, you’ll find her coaching…

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Kim Randall

Kim Randall, a global educational technology consultant, works with professional learning organizations including the Krause Center for Innovation, providing relevant and engaging training centered around effective use and pedagogy of…

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Amanda Sandoval

Amanda Sandoval is an 11th grade US History teacher and Technology Coach. Amanda works with teachers at her school to integrate technology with the focus of pedagogy first. In addition…

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Greg Brown

Greg Brown is a Stanford-trained design thinker with a passion for hands-on learning and a penchant for problem-solving. A common thread in his work is a humanistic approach to education,…

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Paul Gordon

Paul is a middle school computer science educator originally from Upstate New York. He moved to sunny Southern California in 2014 with his wife and has not looked back since. He has taught 5th…

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Sabrina McDaniel

Sabrina McDaniel is currently a sixth grade teacher in a self-contained elementary school classroom. She has several years of experience in a Title 1 school. She has also been trained…

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Chris Bell

Chris is currently a Secondary Education teacher for Computer Science and Mathematics, also working as an Educational Technology coach. He has taught many levels of math ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus…

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Cristina Bustamante

Cristina Bustamante is currently an AVID and math teacher in the Alum Rock Union School District. She is a Co-President of the Silicon Valley CUE Board, and she is an…

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Doreen Bonde

Doreen Bonde is a Library Media Specialist in the Fremont Union High School District. She has a Master’s in Health Education, is a RYT200 Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher, Meditation &…

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Matt Rascher

Matt Rascher is currently a high school English teacher, adviser for the school newspaper, the Lincoln Lion Tales, and helps to lead the Mock Trial Club. Outside of school, Matt…

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Jen Gripman

Jen Gripman is a 20-year veteran teacher in the East Bay and, as of last year, getting used to her new role of Ed Tech Specialist. Her job also includes…

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Jess Hexsel

Jess is a math and computer science teacher at Gunn High School. She has an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Educational Technology Leadership. Jess moved to…

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Bakari Holmes (he/him)

Bakari is a front end leaning full stack software engineer and technical leader who is experienced in the JavaScript and Python ecosystems (React, Angular, Node, Mongo, MySQL, Django, AWS, etc)…

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Roxanne Lanzot

Roxanne is a high school computer science teacher who has taught math, science, art, and technology across many grade levels. She currently teaches AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer…

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Judianne Ganschow

Judianne is a Chemical Engineer, Science and Math educator, and has been active in educating students about computer science from K through 12 for over 15 years. She is passionate…

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