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MERIT: There’s Never Been a Better Time to Strengthen Teachers’ Technology Skills

May 15, 2018

Applications are in for the MERIT 2018 cohort, and the instructional team, along with MERIT graduates, are blind scoring the forms to ensure that a top-notch, energetic cohort of 45-50 teachers from across the Bay Area is selected. MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) is open to K-14 educators of all disciplines. Each…

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KCI Develops New FAME Program for 4th & 5th Grade Teachers

May 15, 2018

KCI has conducted the hands-on, technology infused FAME (Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence) program since 2010. In that time, 6th through 10th grade teachers from across the Bay Area, with large numbers from east side San Jose school districts, have taken advantage of the program to increase their math content knowledge and improve their teaching…

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Local Teachers Try Their Hands at Coding & More

Sep 13, 2017

While many schools and districts are still trying to figure out how computer science (CS) activities and courses fit within the educational landscape, teachers are seeing the future and showing high interest in and enthusiasm for professional CS learning opportunities. This was certainly the case over the summer when KCI conducted two Computer Science Crash…

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2017 FAME Program Inspires Math Teachers to Rethink Their Classrooms

Sep 13, 2017

Student math proficiency, especially in algebra and geometry, is still proving to be difficult for many schools and districts, and success in algebra is a strong indicator of whether or not a student will attend and complete college. Hence, the KCI has continued to offer and evolve the FAME (Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence) program,…

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KCI Conducts Two Sessions in Modeling, Analysis, Design & Engineering (MADE)

Sep 13, 2017

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are here, and teachers are trying to figure out how these will impact their approach to teaching science. The standards are designed to encourage deeper learning, where students demonstrate their knowledge of science concepts as opposed to memorizing content for multiple-choice tests. KCI has developed and launched the MADE…

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MERIT 2017 Challenges Teachers to Promote Student Creativity

Sep 13, 2017

On July 5th, 44 teachers from across the Bay Area gathered at the KCI to begin the two-week, intensive MERIT Summer Institute. Over one hundred educators applied for the program, and less than 50% were selected, since MERIT is donor-supported with limited seats. These teachers have made a 10-month commitment to transform their teaching practice…

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New Summer Integrated Engineering Program for Kids is a Hit

Sep 13, 2017

The KCI partnered with De Anza College Community Education this summer to offer a robust suite of integrated engineering courses and camps for 6th through 9th-grade students. The overall program, Integrated Engineering, was first offered through the De Anza Community Education’s Extended Summer Year program that took place June 19 through July 14. The Extended…

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KCI / Foothill College Awarded Two-Year Maker Grant

Sep 13, 2017

Sponsored by the state chancellor’s office, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Maker initiative recently announced the recipients for a two-year grant, and Foothill College/KCI made the cut. The initiative was launched with the goal to drive innovation in education, and ultimately to prepare students for success in STEM/STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math).…

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Microsoft-KCI Innovation Award winner receives more acolades

Apr 26, 2017

Winners of the Microsoft-KCI Innovation award were highlighted in an article in the San Jose Mercury News! “Moving into its second year, Sunnyvale’s Make-Her series is introducing more girls to the world of STEM and tech, and netting cash and praise along the way. Program sessions are held at the Sunnyvale Public Library. To date…

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KCI Takes the Lead on New Makerspace Grant

Mar 28, 2017

Where design, invention, and art meet, technology is used to create new products. The Maker Movement is increasingly gaining ground in education as it becomes clear that student interest and engagement levels rise in STEM subjects when there is access to “maker” environments and experiences. Forward-thinking schools and districts are converting unused wood shops and…

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