All learners have the potential to be empowered change makers in our democracy.

Agency by Design offers a path to use maker-centered learning to support equity, critical thinking, joyful school culture, and a shift to learner-driven practice.

Agency by Design Oakland works at the intersection of teacher leadership, inquiry-based practice, and maker-centered learning. The project grew out of a collaboration with the Agency by Design research project—an exploration of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning—based at Project Zero, a research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Agency by Design Oakland participates in action research and dissemination of research findings, through professional development and grants for educators, with a focus on equity and sustainable change. 


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What does maker-centered learning look like? Check out these reports from the classroom.  

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Read our stories of maker empowerment, watch our videos and learn more about our work from our team. 

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