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Pedagogy for Powerful Learning: Leveraging technology, materials, and thinking routines to create creative and joyful learning for all students

Foundational Institutes

Course Details

This professional learning experience supports educators in developing high-quality teaching practices that effectively leverage technology, materials, and thinking routines to create powerful, creative, and joyful learning for all students. Together, we will explore and experience ways to leverage technology to center learning around the learner - and create classroom cultures where students are empowered to be independent and curious while developing technological skills and mindsets.

This professional learning experience will engage participants as learners, designers, and facilitators through collaborative and creative hands-on experiences.  Participants will develop pedagogical practices that authentically integrate digital and tangible tools and thinking routines to move students from passive to active learning.  Participants will have an opportunity to apply ideas introduced during the experience by engaging in a collaborative cycle of inquiry with their peers. 

The professional learning experience is designed for grade or content-like teaching teams that value student-centered hands-on learning experiences, and seek to bring more joy and creativity into their practice. 

Participants in the experience have the option to participate in community of practice sessions.  In these community of practice sessions, practitioners will meet with a broader group who are teaching similar content or grade level students and engage in continued professional learning experiences.

This professional learning experience is created & facilitated in partnership with the GSE Makery & San Mateo County Office of Education.


You will: 

  • Explore research backed practices that leverage technology, materials, and thinking routines to support development of creative, collaborative, and reflective habits in students
  • Think deeply about how and what students learn when creating with tangible and digital tools
  • Apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology, materials, and thinking routines that move students from passive consumption to active creation and construction of knowledge and reflect on their effectiveness
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards 
  • Use technology to design and implement a variety of formative and summative assessments that provide ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning


Who should attend?

  • K-12 teachers, administrators, and teachers on special assignments (TOSAs) employed in San Mateo County
  • Teams of two or more grade-level or content-alike practitioners from the same school or district
  • Teachers looking for meaningful collaboration opportunities from colleagues in other school sites or district
  • Please note, due to the in-person sessions, this course is not recommended for international participants


With your full participation and attendance, participants will receive:

  • 3 CEUs issued by Stanford Center for Professional Development
  • A kit of materials to use for the experience 
  • Up to $350 -  in a stipend and/or digital tool to use in your classroom 



Thursday, July 28, 2022, 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm, virtual session

Saturday, July 30, 2022, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, in-person session

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, virtual session

Thursday, August 4, 2022, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, virtual session

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, in-person session

Monday, August 8, 2022, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, virtual session


Portions of this work have been made possible through the generous funding by Oracle Giving.


Date and time

July 28, 2022 - August 8, 2022


Online and in-person sessions at the Center for Education Research at Stanford (CERAS), 520 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 


$55 per participant