Other Professional Development


Local (San Francisco Bay Area)

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE): SF/East Bay, Marin, and Solano Counties

Maker Education Initiative: Oakland.

Exploratorium: San Francisco, online, and locations worldwide

The Exploratorium is a museum of math, science, and art in San Francisco.  They have several institutes and studios that provide professional development opportunities for teachers, other educators, and professional development creators.

Castilleja School and Marymount School of New York: Palo Alto, CA and New York, NY.

  • In addition to co-facilitating our Designing Making Experiences workshop, Angie Chau from the Castilleja School in Palo Alto offers a summer intensive workshop for educators called Design Do Discover.  The workshop alternates between Palo Alto and New York each year — the workshop in 2016 will be held in Palo Alto, CA from June 16-18.

TechShop: Mid-Peninsula/SF and Pittsburg, PA.

  • TechShop offers their Makerspace Academy workshops in San Francisco, CA and Pittsburg, PA on designing and setting up tech-centered maker spaces in educational settings.  *Note: they have a good reputation, but are also offer the most expensive workshops on this list,
  • You can also sign up for classes on using CNC routers, 3D printers, and a variety of other machinery and tech tools in their locations in Arizona, California (San Francisco, Redwood City, and San Jose), Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington D.C.  Most locations also have a few craft-focused offerings like bookbinding and leatherworking.

Sonoma State Maker Educator Certificate: Sonoma and Alameda Counties, online.

  • Sonoma State offers a 5 CEU Maker Educator certificate. Classes can be taken online or in person; workshop locations include Oakland, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and Sebastopol.

Outside the San Francisco Bay Area

The K-12 Fab Labs Google+ group has a calendar of nationwide PD opportunities that is updated regularly.

Project Zero: Boston, MA, and Australia, also online

  • [info coming soon]

Makeshop: Pittsburg, PA.

  • [info coming soon]

Constructing Modern Knowledge: Manchester, NH.

  • [info coming soon]