The East Bay Maker Educator Meetup (EBMEM) is a professional learning community organized by and for Bay Area educators interested in maker-centered learning. 

We meet once a month throughout the school year, rotating locations to a different school site each meeting. Food and refreshments are provided, and all interested parties are invited to attend. 

Our goals include the following:

Support: To build a community for East Bay Educators to share stories, activities, materials, experiences, and receive ongoing support.

Network: To provide networking opportunities for individuals and teachers interested in making.

Prioritize Equity: Support all types of schools to integrate making into their classrooms and learning environments -- especially those serving low-income and historically marginalized students.

Past EBMEM agendas have included:

UC Davis Beta Lab Researchers: Designing seeing and documentation stations for youth
Google Cardboard: Making with students, implications of virtual reality in the classroom
Ignite Talks: Featuring local maker educators
Agency by Design Workshop: Led by Project Zero Researchers
East Bay Mini Maker Faire: Day-long educator program
Maker Empowerment Grants: Starting a makerspace at your school
Thinking Routines: Using Parts, Purposes, and Complexities in the classroom
Connecting Arts Integration and Maker Education: Where are the overlaps? 

To join our Google + group for upcoming meetings, please email info@abdoakland.org for an invite. Please include brief info on your interest in the EBMEM, as well as any organizational or school affiliation you'd like to share.

2017 - 2018 meet-ups are funded by Maker Promise and Maker Ed