The number one PD experience I’ve engaged in has been the AbD Oakland Fellowship. To be given time to practice the protocols, collaborate with fellows, and receive coaching made a huge difference to me and my students.
-Diana Culmer, Grass Valley ES, OUSD, 2016 Alameda County Teacher of the Year, 26 years teaching


Our aim is to support educators interested in developing maker-centered learning practices. Our approach is rooted in Agency by Design ideas and research findings, from big-picture pedagogy to specific tools for the classroom.

Our workshops are often customizable according to the needs of the teacher, school, or organization. They range in length from short meetings to multi-day intensives.

AbD Oakland team members also work with individuals and groups in a coaching dynamic so that we might provide support responsive to specific interests and needs. 

If you are interested in AbD Oakland workshops or coaching, please email us at