"The number one professional development experience I’ve engaged in has been the Agency by Design 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 Elementary School, OUSD, 2016 Alameda County Teacher of the Year, 26 years teaching
Since 2012 we’ve gathered cohorts of Oakland and Bay Area educators to participate in professional learning communities that focus on maker-centered learning and teacher-led classroom inquiry. Over the course of the school year fellows dive deeply into the pedagogical framework and instructional strategies of maker-centered learning, experimenting in their classroom practice and reflecting within the learning cohort. Teachers then choose a focus area to deepen their practice and participate in teacher-led action research in which they design interventions, collect data and documentation, reflect, and iterate. Fellows showcase their inquiry work and leadership through digital pictures of practice and at a two events.
This year-long experience includes:
40+ hours of in-person professional development, led by a diverse facilitation team of highly experienced Oakland educators
An Agency by Design coach who meets with and checks-in with fellows throughout the school year
30+ hours of research and inquiry work, including classroom action research, documentation, and reflection
Participation and connection to the Agency by Design local and national network
Dissemination of teacher leadership through a mid-year event, a large public culmination event, and a digital picture of practice
A $1,000 stipend to cover out of pocket costs
Sub stipend for teachers at Title 1 schools (to cover the school’s cost of the teacher participating in three day-longs)
Childcare, hospitality, and fellowship materials at all meetings
Access to Continuing Education Units through Sonoma State University
For photos and bios of our current and past fellows, check out Who We Are.