20 Years of KCI, A Celebration!

February 9, 2021

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As we look ahead at KCI’s future in 2021 and beyond, we have an opportunity to pause and look back at where we have been and come from. In doing so, we have decided to take this opportunity to make the entire year a celebration of 20 years of impact! Each month we will focus on different impact themes that highlight KCI over the years.

Since our founding in 2000, over 22,000 educators have taken KCI courses and programs. Pause for a moment and consider how many students have been impacted by these amazing educators – nearly 2.2 million students. At the KCI we have worked hard to build engaging, intensive summer institutes, courses, and 3 new state certifications. Our goal is to consistently focus on building innovative programs and courses that meet the needs of our educators and the community they serve.

Another key focus has been on partnering with education-oriented nonprofits and foundations to serve the educator segment. Based on this experience and success, the KCI is uniquely positioned to address many of the critical issues facing education and workforce development.

Join us each month as we celebrate the collaborative efforts of the KCI community and the impact of the programs and services. As we plan for new programs we invite you to provide input into the needs you see in our education community. Please take a look at our current offerings and consider filling out our survey. Your feedback is important and essential to our growth and service!


Gay Krause
Founder & Executive Director

Gaye Krause


  • Executive Director, Gay Krause, founded the KCI in July 1998. Gay was responsible for developing and implementing the initial vision to serve K-14 educators in professional development activities. She also led the effort to restore the former Space Science Museum into a fully equipped technology facility to serve K-14 educators, Foothill students, and the community. The KCI is available for professional development activities 24/7 both in-house and on-line throughout the state of California. Prior to July 1998, Gay was a principal of both elementary and middle schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Gay served as teacher, middle school counselor, assistant principal and principal for 10 years. Gay received her B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University in education and special education, her M.S. degree from the University of Virginia in counseling psychology, and a credential in administrative leadership from San Jose State University and San Francisco University.