KCI Summer 2018 Update

Transforming Teaching & Learning

The Krause Center for Innovation has seen a flurry of activity this summer with our many programs, including some new offerings. Read about our incredible programs, and help us spread the word by sharing this flyer with other donors and friends.

Computer Science Crash Course

Sixty teachers became students and fell in love with computer science this summer. Participants gained computer science content knowledge and strengthened their coding skills in Python and Scratch. They also gained exposure to tools and open curriculum to apply to their classroom needs. This program was held June 18 through June 22, and it was held again on July 30 through August 3.

InfoSys Pathfinders Summer Institute

Over 800 K-12 public school teachers across the globe convened at this five-day event, at Indiana University Bloomington, to learn computer science and making. Two of our instructors (Sheena Vaidyanathan and Abigail Joseph), represented the KCI and led the Computer Science Crash Course in Indiana, July 15 through July 20.


Teachers from school districts across the Bay Area attended the Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence (FAME) on June 20 through June 26. FAME is for 6th through 10th grade teachers, and it aims to increase teachers' math content knowledge and teaching skills in key pre-algebra, algebra, and transformational geometry concepts. FAME provides teachers with additional tools and projects they can use in their classrooms, and it promotes the use of technology in instruction.
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EMPowered by KCI

EMPowered is one of KCI's newest programs, an elementary mathematics learning program for fourth and fifth grade California teachers. The teachers explored the eight mathematical practices while also learning how to use computer and web-based technologies to support teaching and learning.


The KCI held mini-MERIT programs this summer for Union School District, Stockton Unified, Mountain View-Whisman School District, and Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. Mini-MERIT is a one-week modified version of the MERIT program, and it is paid for by the districts requesting this professional development tailored for their faculty and staff.


For two weeks in July, forty-four teachers came together to become our 2018 MERIT cohort. MERIT is a research-based educator development program, designed to help teachers bolster their curriculum with enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge, and inspire diverse learners and leaders of the future. Numerous guest speakers and leaders from around the state also inspired the cohort.
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Makerspace Coordinator Cohort #1

The KCI's newest addition to the Foothill College curriculum includes an 18-unit Makerspace Coordinator Certificate of Achievement. The first cohort began the program with a 10-unit, one week long intensive workshop at the end of July. The participants were trained in design thinking, Adobe Illustrator for laser cutting, vinyl and paper cutting, computational thinking, 3D design and printing, and physical computing concepts. They will continue their training, like MERIT, FAME, and EMPowered, by attending two Saturday classes in the Fall and two Saturday classes in the Winter.

Makerspace UniDIVersity (#MorganKCIMake18)

In early August, the Makerspace Coordinator certification program was also offered to an all-female cohort, concentrating on reaching women of color, female veterans, and other women who are under-represented in Makerspace leadership opportunities. The cohort went through similar trainings as the Makerspace Coordinator Cohort #1, with the addition of inspirational, empowered female speakers to discuss the importances of strong female leadership. This cohort was named after the Morgan Family Foundation, as it funded much of the cost for the participants.

Chief Innovation Officer Program

Another one of our newest programs offers educational technology and back-end information technology training to leading educators from across the state of California. This program is also co-sponsored by CUE and CETPA, two nationally-recognized non-profits who specifically connect with educational technology leadership. This cohort met for the first time in August with a keynote from Andrew Schwab (CUE Board of Directors President and Asst. Superintendent at Union School District), and they had a second keynote and information session from Mark Williams, attorney from the law offices of Fagen, Friedman, and Fulfrost. This cohort will meet monthly and complete their program of study in March at Spring CUE in Palm Springs.
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Summer Camps for Kids

The KCI held camps for students, ages 11-16 years, who wanted to expand their knowledge of the latest technologies while creating their own amazing projects. For four weeks, different groups of students attended one-week sessions, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, receiving hands-on learning in the makerspace and classrooms. Camp descriptions included How to Make (Almost) Anything; World Builders; Sustainable Prototyping: Ocean Plastics Project; and Design and Build with Virtual Reality.

Hawaii Community College - Train the Trainer Program

After having two programs each of the past two summers on Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’, KCI ran a program for teachers who have been through one of the previous programs to prepare them to take and pass the Google Certified Teacher Level 1, Level 2 and Trainer examinations. The program goal is that they would be able to provide training to other K-12 teachers on Hawaii Island and be prepared to teach classes in Hawaii Community College’s EDvance program, to provide non-credit courses in workforce skills to teachers and others.

Kamehameha Schools - Instructional Support Program

In August, KCI developed and delivered a program designed for Program Leads and Counselors in Kamehameha Schools Community Outreach Programs. Although the program was cut short by Hurricane Lane, the program provided training in how to leverage free and low cost technology tools to empower teachers and students to create and publish their work to audiences outside of their own community. Additionally, program leads learned how to use tools to assist students in preparing them to live in a digitally connected world
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Donate to the KCI

You can also send a donation directly to the Krause Center for Innovation, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 ATTEN: Gay Krause, Executive Director

Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College

About 20,000 teachers have taken part in KCI programs and courses. It has built a reputation on intensive summer institutes for educators, as well as the college courses it provides throughout the year. The KCI has consistently focused on building innovative courses and programs and on evaluating and improving its methodologies.