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Meeting the challenges of our rapidly changing world requires creative thinking and innovation. As educators we can develop our own entrepreneurial spirit by embracing change, engaging in lifelong learning and growth, staying relevant, challenging assumptions, taking risks, considering multiple perspectives, and aligning our purpose and passion to successfully navigate the challenges ahead.

This course is a follow up to the ieSonoma event featuring Sir Ken Robinson, and will provide participants with an opportunity to meet and talk with people who are entrepreneurs and innovators in their field, engage in critical dialog and deep thinking about creativity and innovation as critical elements of 21st Century skills. Through blended learning opportunities, participants will network with other professionals to develop an action plan for cultivating innovation in their endeavors.


Introductory Preview Class
Monday, June 24, 6:00-8:30 PM


Preview Class is free, but registration is required. Campus parking is $5 per vehicle. Series of Four Monday Night Sessions in Fall August 26, September 9 & 23 and October 7, 2013 6:00-8:30 PM Classes held at Sonoma State University.

Tuition and Fees:


$50 for series of four classes, plus optional additional payment if $55 if you want to earn 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Campus parking: $5 per vehicle per day.

The course will feature presentations by many innovators including:

Paige Braddock, Executive Vice President/Creative Director, Charles Schulz Creative Associates.

Oscar Chavez,
Assistant Director, Sonoma County Department of Human Services.

Tony Harris, Director, Northwest Prep Charter School.

Dr. William Silver, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Sonoma State University.

Catlin Tucker, Google Certified Teacher, Professional Development Facilitator, CUE Lead Learner, and English Teacher,  Windsor High School

Instructional Team:


Course Facilitator: Dr. Jennie Snyder, Superintendent, Piner-Olivet Union School District.

Dan Blake, Director of Innovation and Partnerships, Sonoma County Office of Education

Mark Nelson, Hugh Codding Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Sonoma State University, and former President and COO of the Nelson Family of Companies

Dr. Paul Porter, Professor of Educational Leadership, Sonoma State University School of Education

This course is sponsored by the SSU School of Education in collaboration with ieSonoma.

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