Agency by Design Oakland is the Bay Area-based action research component for the Agency by Design research project.  Agency by Design is 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. Since the project’s inception in 2012, cohorts of Oakland-based teachers have provided classroom laboratories to explore emergent Agency by Design ideas. From this work grew a local effort to support educators and schools interested in developing maker-centered learning practices.

Rather than provide a blueprint for creating a maker space or purchasing tools, we focus on the thinking and learning that takes place in maker-centered contexts. Agency by Design Oakland team members provide professional development support through workshops, coaching, and grants to schools and youth-serving organizations. We are committed to operating through a lens of equity, and we aim to bring this lens to all of our work. It is our priority to serve underserved student populations and communities of color. 

STORIES OF MAKER EMPOWERMENT

Culmination Event 2017

 

iGNITE TALK: KENNAN SCOTT

IGNITE TALK: ROBBIE TORNEY

WONDER & MAKING AT ALLIANCE

EMPOWERMENT AT OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL

ASSESSMENT AT WOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL

CREATIVITY AT LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

MAKING AT GRASS VALLEY ELEMENTARY

DEVELOPING THE PROGRAM AT GRASS VALLEY ELEMENTARY

EXPO SERIES AT GRASS VALLEY ELEMENTARY