Supporting a Cause that Truly Makes a Difference

May 5, 2021

For more than 20 years, the award-winning Krause Center for Innovation has championed professional learning for educators. KCI’s approach to innovation through educational technology emphasizes STEAM education and provides teachers with the practical experience needed to successfully integrate media-rich, computer-based technologies into the K-14 curriculum. 

For educators, by educators

At the heart of KCI you will find teachers who care. Founded by an educator, run by educators, and benefiting educators, KCI understands that it’s about more than just subject matter expertise. This team brings together some of the most talented and experienced professionals with the goal of improving education in our communities. The KCI team understands that the classroom truly is the place where systemic change begins, where ideas take shape, where growth is nurtured. Through partnerships and various collaborations, KCI is constantly growing and expanding its reach, scope and services and making a big difference.

From on-site classes in its state-of-the-art facility to engaging online/blended programs, KCI’s strategies empower teachers to become adept at using a wide range of technology tools and techniques that they can then incorporate into their own classrooms. KCI’s facility includes an advanced Makerspace lab, allowing program participants to master advanced hardware tools and software programs. Equally important, KCI provides teachers the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other, creating lasting networks of support and mentoring that encourage creative solutions to educational challenges.

The enthusiasm and gratitude KCI participants report after completing programs—along with stories of how their students also benefit—is what inspires the KCI team and keeps them passionate about the work they do. Since 2000, more than 22,000 educators have benefitted from KCI’s programming and have gone on to implement changes in their own classrooms, positively impacting upwards of 2.2 million students. That’s quite a return on investment!

We can’t do all this alone.

And this is where KCI’s valued donors come in. Affecting all this change takes a strong team, a singular vision, and funding. Giving to KCI allows you to see the benefits of your support in action. With guidance from the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, KCI’s stewardship of resources is stellar and your contributions directly support teachers and students with a minimum of overhead. 

By investing in the KCI, you’re allowing our team to maintain programs and continue to train thousands of the state’s teachers so they can go back to the classroom and inspire their students. Donations at all levels translate into meeting specific needs—whether supporting groups of teachers to attend KCI’s year-long programs, supporting one teacher, supplying technology, or supporting KCI operations. We’ll allocate your gift to meet our most pressing needs.

So if you truly believe in education and are looking for a cause you can put your whole heart into, join the KCI family today and make a big difference where it really counts. Together we can transform teaching and learning.

Visit the KCI website for a more in-depth view of who we are, what we do, and how we’re transforming teaching and learning: krauseinnovationcenter.org/donate.

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Author

  • Executive Director, Gay Krause, founded the KCI in July 1998. Gay was responsible for developing and implementing the initial vision to serve K-14 educators in professional development activities. She also led the effort to restore the former Space Science Museum into a fully equipped technology facility to serve K-14 educators, Foothill students, and the community. The KCI is available for professional development activities 24/7 both in-house and on-line throughout the state of California. Prior to July 1998, Gay was a principal of both elementary and middle schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Gay served as teacher, middle school counselor, assistant principal and principal for 10 years. Gay received her B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University in education and special education, her M.S. degree from the University of Virginia in counseling psychology, and a credential in administrative leadership from San Jose State University and San Francisco University.