MERIT program at KCI: Improving education through technology, creativity

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Participants in this year’s MERIT program join together for an intensive two-week summer session.

• Mission: The MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program is the Krause Center for Innovation’s premier technology-focused professional development initiative for teachers. MERIT’s mission is to promote innovation with technology, pedagogy and content that will have a measurable, positive impact on education in Silicon Valley and beyond. The 10-month program includes a kick-off day, a two-week intensive summer institute and four follow-up sessions. Concurrent with the MERIT curriculum, participants are also required to take additional courses at the Krause Center for Innovation.

Inaugural Human Rights Day features Mtn. View councilman


The United Nations Association Midpeninsula Chapter has scheduled its inaugural Human Rights Day event 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Grant Park Community Center, 1570 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

This year marks 70 years since Eleanor Roosevelt worked with the United Nations to establish the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, considered a milestone document in the history of human rights.

First Friday event salutes holiday season

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Santa Claus visits with kids at Veterans Community Plaza last year.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive downtown for the holiday-themed First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

In addition to entertainment at Veterans Community Plaza, live bands will perform in front of businesses on Main and State streets. Stores and galleries will extend their hours and offer gift ideas and promotions. Participating merchants will have First Friday balloons at their store- fronts.

Local Arts Roundup: Exhibition focuses on photographers

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Tom and Marj Green’s photography exhibition includes this image of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

“Images in Black & White,” a photography exhibition by Los Altos Hills residents Tom and Marj Green, is on display 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 19 at Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

A reception for the artists is slated 6-9 p.m. Friday at the school. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Los Altos High grad grabs Emmy for work on HBO documentary


Years before she helped produce the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” with Apatow Productions, Amanda Glaze experienced the spotlight on a smaller stage, taking on the title role in Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “Anne of Green Gables.”

While working on “Zen Diaries,” Glaze’s role included researching and obtaining archival footage for the documentary about the late comedian. The process was different from her previous experience on feature films such as “Trainwreck” and “The Big Sick.”

Schola Cantorum ushers in holidays with concert, 'Messiah Sing'

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley is scheduled to celebrate the holiday season with two concerts.

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