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CIO Program: A New Breed of Education Execs

May 6, 2019

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

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

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

October 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

October 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 in class

Makerspace Certificate Program Provides Training for New Career Path

October 1, 2018

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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Message from the Executive Director

October 1, 2018

The Krause Center for Innovation experienced an exceptionally successful summer since beginning our professional development work in 2000. We have served 565 educators in 15 intensive PD programs and trainings since spring. Many of those programs are new this year. In addition to serving educators, we also conducted six technology camps for almost 100 youth,…

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MERIT 2018 Update & 2016 Retrospective

October 1, 2018

The MERIT program continued to shine this July as 44 educators started the 2018 program, a 10-month journey to transform their teaching. They represent districts from across the Bay Area and California. While the two-week Summer Institute is rigorous and demanding, it is only the start of the journey as participants will attend four follow-up…

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