KCI Computer Science Programs Serve Critical Role

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

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

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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Message from the Executive Director

Gaye Krause headshot

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

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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KCI Launches New CIO Program for Educators

CIO Program Speaker & Students

School districts across California face a critical staffing gap that can impact whether they are able to adequately prepare students for the future. To take full advantage of technology integration in the classroom, districts obviously need the infrastructure, but what is often lacking is the staff who understand both the back-end hardware and network side…

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KCI’s Popular Crash Course Hits the Road

KCI successfully conducted two Computer Science Crash Course workshops for educators last summer, sponsored by Google’s CS4HS initiative. Over 60 teachers participated and the feedback was positive with high teacher satisfaction levels. As a result, the Infosys Foundation has selected KCI’s CS Crash Course to be included as one of the offered programs at its…

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KCI Staff & Alums Recognized at National CUE Conference

Over 5,000 educators gathered in Palm Springs the week of March 12 at the annual CUE Conference. CUE is a national organization that focuses on personalized learning, technology integration, and educator leadership. The CUE conference is the oldest and largest educational technology conference in California, and among the largest in the country. Teachers, whether they…

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New Camps for Kids Scheduled This Summer

KCI offered two very successful integrated engineering camps for kids last summer, and with the opening of the KCI Makerspace, we are poised to serve an even broader audience of kids, ages 11–16, at KCI Summer Camp at Foothill College. Choosing from an offering of four camps, students will flex their creativity as they engineer…

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KCI Launches Vibrant New Makerspace

In December of 2017, KCI launched an exciting new resource for our local community, the KCI Makerspace. This space provides our community with the resources to design and “make,” using a variety of computer-aided design and manufacturing tools. The goal is to be a regional resource for many KCI constituents: Foothill College’s students and staff,…

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