Microsoft Supports CS Program & Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’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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