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Krause Innovation Studio gift

Gay and Bill KrauseKrause Innovation Studio

Gay and Bill Krause of Los Altos Hills, California, are shaping the future of innovation in education with a $6.5 million gift to establish and support the Krause Innovation Studio in Penn State's College of Education. It is the largest gift in the history of the College.

The Krause Innovation Studio will generate and share knowledge about innovative teaching practices designed around emerging technological tools. It will be a physical and intellectual space where educational leaders from around the world can innovate and investigate teaching practices with a focus on the application of technology.

"When we were approached by Dean David Monk regarding the possibility of the College of Education laying the groundwork for an innovation studio, we were immediately interested. Here is a program that will draw upon the power of emerging technologies to transform teaching and learning throughout educational systems," Gay said.

Gay, a former teacher and school administrator, received her bachelor of science degree in K-12 elementary and special education from Penn State. She is the director of the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. BIll has been a Silicon Valley executive since the early 1970s. As president and CEO of 3Com, Bill guided the data networking company from a venture capital-funded start-up to a publicly traded, multinational enterprise with assets in excess of $1 billion when he retired. He is now president of the private investment firm LWK Ventures.

"We believe education of our next generation of young people is at the heart of four critical issues facing our country," Bill said. "A better educated next generation gives us a better chance for peace in the world; it is critical to ensuring we maintain our principles of a democratic and free nation; it gives us a better chance for an improved economy; and it gives us a better chance for improving our environment. Given this impact that education has on society, it was clear to us that improving education of our young people is where we wanted to invest our philanthropic dollars."

"The early ideas for an innovation studio emerged from the College's strategic planning process," said Dean David Monk. "The Krauses showed immediate interest and helped us to refine the vision to the point where it will now become a reality. We are enormously grateful for their insights, energy, and willingness to create and support the Studio."

Starting with teaching practice and drawing upon the power of emerging technologies to transform teaching and learning, the Krause Innovation Studio is an incubator for innovative technology-supported pedagogy that allows educators to address the needs of an increasingly diverse and geographically dispersed student population. It encourages teachers and researchers to examine their assumptions about education and technology and imagine new possibilities for bringing them together.

Scott McDonald, associate professor of education, is the director of the Studio.

Panoramic view of Krause Innovation Studio