Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology
The MERIT program is the KCI's premier technology-focused professional development program. MERIT is a research-based, educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curriculum with technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.
The Krause Center for Innovation’s five-day “mini-MERIT” Educational Technology training is based upon our long-running, successful MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) Program.
Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence
The FAME program is designed to increase teachers' content knowledge and teaching skills in key pre-algebra and algebra concepts in grades 6-8, and promote and encourage the use of technology in instruction to support and enhance mathematics teaching and learning.
The KCI's NGSS Program will give teachers in all grades the practical tools they need to meet the challenges of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The program combines engaging and memorable hands-on activities with inexpensive applications of relevant technology. With the help of over a dozen experiences like this one, teacher-participants will gain confidence in facilitating student-centered, project based activities.
The EMpowered by KCI program (also known as FAME 4/5) is a professional Elementary Mathematics learning program for fourth and fifth grade teachers, who teach in California. Teachers explore the eight mathematical practices while also learning how to use computer and web-based technologies to support teaching and learning.
The KCI Computer Science PD program helps elementary, middle and early high school teachers in all subject areas gain computer science content knowledge and strengthen their coding skills.
Chief Innovation Officer Program
KCI’s Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) program is an exciting, new addition to our professional development menu, created in partnership with CUE and CETPA. Participants will develop a deep understanding of educational innovation related to curriculum and instruction, technology infrastructure, strategic planning, and leadership. Graduates of the program will come away fully prepared to lead and empower teams to modernize their schools and districts.
The Makerspace Coordinator is a certificate program that is designed for people who are seeking employment in fabrication laboratories and makerspaces within community centers, libraries, and educational settings.
Tailored Professional Development Programs
Based on the KCI’s expertise in providing high quality professional development (PD) programs, schools and districts are increasingly engaging the KCI to provide PD programs that are tailored to a school or district’s specific needs. The goal of these programs is to prepare teachers to implement 21st century technology skills into daily instructional practice through an intensive process of learning how to implement a variety of hardware and software tools, including free web 2.0 applications. These engagements take many forms and vary in length, depending on the needs and goals of the schools and districts.
I was at first hesitant to come, as I already use a lot of technology, but this has provided me with many more resources that I may not have come upon on my own. Thank you!
With the use of technology, students and teachers both need to take risks. It can make kids (and teachers!) uncomfortable to use a tool they are not skilled with. I have been more open to saying “I’m not 100% sure how this works but we’re going to try it”.
It was a challenging but rewarding experience that I would recommend to others, and would do again.