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Microsoft Supports CS Program & Workshops

May 6, 2019

For the last three years, KCI’s Computer Science Crash Course for Educators has been a hit with educators who want to learn more about how to integrate CS into their curriculum and classrooms. And last September, the State Board of Education adopted California’s first-ever computer science standards. Although not mandatory, these standards are expected to…

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Popular FAME Program Expands to East Bay

May 6, 2019

KCI is extending the reach of its math professional learning program, FAME (Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence), for middle and high school teachers. After nine years of recruiting teachers from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, FAME will take place in Alameda at Saint Philip Nerit Catholic School with the intent of reaching more teachers…

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New KCI Makerspace Initiative: Corporate Team Building

May 6, 2019
Corporate Team Building

KCI was fortunate to receive a two-year grant from the state chancellor’s office through the California Community Colleges Maker Initiative. The grant is coming to an end, and KCI is actively pursuing ways to fund the makerspace moving forward. Luckily, KCI has an advisory board with creative members, and at the winter meeting, the idea…

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CIO Program: A New Breed of Education Execs

May 6, 2019
CIO cohort

KCI kicked off its first Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) program in summer 2018. Seventeen educators from across the state participated in this 27-unit program that trains educators to fill a real need at the school district level—a new breed of cabinet-level educational leaders who are also sufficiently trained in IT infrastructure. With appropriately trained leaders,…

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Two Makerspace Coordinator Cohorts Graduate

May 6, 2019
MakerSpace Cohort

Makerspaces are rapidly being implemented by schools, school districts, libraries, and community centers throughout the Bay Area, creating a need for trained staff to plan, implement, and run these spaces. KCI founded its own makerspace in 2017 and shortly after launched a new state-approved certificate—Makerspace Coordinator. This 10-month, 18-unit program is designed for people who…

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More Spring 2019 News from KCI

May 6, 2019
KCI participants walking

All 2018-19 KCI program cohorts have graduated! Congratulations to our MERIT, FAME, EMPowered, UniDIVersity, CIO, and Makerspace Coordinator participants for their commitment to these immersive, transformative programs! KCI is partnering with The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose to offer a three-day Design Thinking Bootcamp for educators in April.  KCI’s MERIT 2019 Cohort has…

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Spring 2019 Message from the Executive Director

May 6, 2019

KCI continues to provide exceptional professional learning programs for educators in Silicon Valley, as well as other communities in California and Hawaii. A highly motivated, well-trained teacher will positively impact upwards of 3,000 students throughout his or her career. We are planning for another busy summer and fall, and anticipate conducting all of our major…

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KCI Computer Science Programs Serve Critical Role

Oct 1, 2018

A strong demand for computer science (CS) professional development exists in the Bay Area. Parents are requesting that schools offer CS courses, but few teachers are appropriately trained to teach CS. Even though California has not completed its computer science standards for education, it’s clear that teachers are interested in how they can integrate CS…

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Upping the Ante in Math PD

Oct 1, 2018

KCI doubled down on math professional development this summer. Not only was the FAME (Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence) program for middle and high school teachers offered for the ninth year, but KCI also launched EMPowered, a new math PD program specifically for 4th and 5th grade teachers. FAME is a blended program that consists…

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Makerspace Certificate Program Provides Training for New Career Path

Oct 1, 2018
Makerspace Certificate Program in class

Makerspaces are popping up across the educational spectrum, at schools, libraries, and youth centers. The Maker Movement has revitalized an interest in hands-on projects and the use of various tools for designing and prototyping. Once-empty school shops and computer labs are being reborn as makerspaces, and the curriculum is gender-neutral so girls and boys have…

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