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Betty Wright Swim Center at Abilities United 3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-494-1480 Improve health and wellness through aquatic exercise and therapy in the fully accessible, public, warm-water (93 degrees), indoor pool. Classes include aqua aerobics, aqua arthritis, back basics, body conditioning, Aichi yoga and prenatal. Group and private swim lessons.

California Yoga Center (Palo Alto)

Looking for something to do this summer? Try your hand at cooking, swimming or exercise your mind by learning a new language. School’s out — and so are your kids — so sign them up for a fun science or sports camp. All the classes listed below are local. The Class Guide is published quarterly by the Mountain View Voice, the Palo Alto Weekly and the Almanac.

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CMAC Swim School CMAC Aquatic Center, 3805 Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto 650-493-5355 CMAC Swim School offers lessons for babies, youth and adults. Classes are a half-hour long and each class contains three to four participants.

CareerGenerations 2225 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto 650-320-1639 CareerGenerations offers group sessions to meet specific career needs. CareerGenerations career coaches can help assess talents in the context of today’s marketplace, generate career options, improve resumes and socialmedia profiles, design a successful search plan, and skillfully network, interview and negotiate salaries.

The Happy Body 305 North California Ave., Palo Alto 310-488-1862 The Happy Body Program is a different approach to weight loss. Using a system involving nutrition, exercise and relaxation, teachers Aniela and Jerzy Gregorek help achieve the desired results of a balanced lifestyle featuring improved health and greater youthfulness.

Dance Connection 4000 Middlefield Road, L-5, Palo Alto Studio: 650-852-0418 Office: 650-322-7032 Dance Connection offers graded classes for preschool to adult with a variety of programs to meet every dancer’s needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, boys program, lyrical, pilates and combination classes are available for beginning to advanced levels.

4000 Middlefield Road, L-3, Palo Alto 650-858-2005 DanceVisions, a nonprofit community dance center, offers classes for age 3 to adult. Classes range from modern to hip-hop, lyrical, pilates, jazz, ballet, and contact improvisation, as well as providing a performance showcase.

For the Dancer Beaudoin’s School of Dance 464 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto 650-326-2184 Tap, ballet, ballroom and jazz dance classes available for children and adults. Special classes for preschoolers.

Uforia Studios 819 Ramona St., Palo Alto 650-329-8794 Uforia Studios specializes in dance (Zumba, hip-hop, Bollywood, Hula Hooping), Strength and Sculpting (uDefine) and Spinning (uCycle). All fitness levels and abilities are welcome.

Zohar School of Dance and Company 4000 Middlefield Road, L-4, Palo Alto 650-494-8221

Kidz Love Soccer Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto 408-774-4629 Kidz Love Soccer youth soccer classes are open to boys and girls of all abilities. The curriculum is customized for kids of all ages. Classes encourage a better SELF — Sportsmanship, Esteem, Learning and Fun.

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541 Cowper St., Palo Alto 650-967-5702 The California Yoga Center offers classes for beginning to advanced students. With studios in Mountain View and Palo Alto, classes emphasize individual attention and cultivate strength, flexibility and relaxation. Ongoing yoga classes are scheduled every day and include special classes such as prenatal, back care and pranayama. Weekend workshops explore a variety of yoga-related topics.

Kim Grant Tennis Academy

Camp Edmo and sister camp Edtech in Los Altos offer arts, science and animation activities. Zohar offers classes to adults in jazz, ballet and modern dance. The studio is under the direction of Ehud and Daynee Krauss.

The Great Outdoors Lucy Geever-Conroy, Flight Instructor for Advantage Aviation 1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 650-493-5987 Offering learn-to-fly seminars, private pilot ground school and flying lessons, along with free seminars for pilots.

Health & Fitness American Red Cross: Silicon Valley Chapter 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto 650-688-0415

In a Red Cross First Aid class students learn CPR, choking rescue, bleeding control and treatment of burns, fractures, seizures and more. Adult CPR and First Aid Certificates.

Andy Harader Tennis Camp Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 650-364-6233 Andy Harader, head coach at Palo Alto High School for both girls and boys tennis teams, leads a tennis camp that runs all summer, every week, 9 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday. Ages 7-16; all levels.

Be Yoga 440 Kipling St., Palo Alto 650-906-9016 Community yoga studio with small class sizes and workshops on ayurveda, reiki and meditation.

3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-752-8061 The Kim Grant Tennis Academy offers tennis classes to minis (ages 3-5), beginner (ages 5-7), intermediate I and II, advanced and elite players.

Studio Kicks 796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto 650-855-9868 650-855-9869 (fax) Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and martial-arts training for kids 4 and up. Taught by owner/instructor Richard Branden, six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the “Power Rangers.”

Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-327-9350 Taijiquan Tutelage teaches the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T’ai chi ch’uan). Beginning classes start monthly.

Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA 3391 Middlefield Road, YES Hall, Palo Alto 650-396-9244 The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA offers classes designed to improve balance, strength and flexibility while promoting relaxation and good health. Beginner classes in Taoist Tai Chi internal art of Tai Chi Chuan are offered for all ages and fitness levels in Palo Alto. First class is free. A nonprofit organization with nationally accredited instructors.

Yoga at All Saints’ Episcopal Church 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto 650-322-4528 Kundalini-style yoga, combining asana (physical poses), breathing exercises and meditation. Practice is best done on an empty stomach. Please bring a mat and blanket and wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothes. If floor work is difficult, exercises can be modified to be done in a chair. All ages. No registration necessary.

Just for Seniors Avenidas 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto 650-289-5400 Avenidas offers classes from balance, line dancing and back fitness to dementia caregiving and computers. Membership costs, fees and class listings are included on the website.

Language Courses German Language Class 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto 650-329-3752 This Palo Alto Adult School class teaches participants how speak, read, and write German, with an emphasis on conversation. Basic grammar and Germanic culture are also covered. The instructor, a college-credentialed teacher, lived and studied in Germany through Stanford, from where she later received a master’s degree. June 11July 16, Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $74.

International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto 650-251-8500 ISTP offers extensive after-school language classes at its two Palo Alto locations. Classes offered in French, Mandarin and Spanish to preschool students (3 to 5 years old). Additional classes taught in Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese and Russian for elementary and middle school students.

The Peninsula Parents Place Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto 650-688-3040 The Peninsula Parentsplace offers parenting classes on subjects ranging from strategies for managing picky eaters to making the switch from diapers.

Mind and Spirit Ananda Palo Alto 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto 650-323-3363 Ananda Palo Alto offers classes on meditation, chanting and yoga. (continued on page 31)

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For more information about these camps, see our online directory of camps at To advertise in a weekly directory, contact 650-326-8210 YMCA of Silicon Valley

Academics Early Learning Camp Connection listing

Palo Alto

Write Now! Summer Writing Camps Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs: Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Presentation Techniques, and (new!) Test-Taking Skills. Call or visit our website for details.

Emerson 650-424-1267 Hacienda 925-485-5750

Foothill College


Harker Summer Programs

San Jose

K-12 offerings taught by exceptional, experienced faculty and staff. K-6 morning academics - focusing on math, language arts and science - and full spectrum of afternoon recreation. Grades 6-12 for-credit courses and non-credit enrichment opportunities. Sports programs also offered.


iD Tech Camps - Summer Tech Fun

Held at Stanford

Take interests further! Ages 7-17 create iPhone apps, video games, C++/ Java programs, movies, and more at weeklong, day and overnight programs held at Stanford and 60+ universities in 26 states. Also 2-week, teen-only programs: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking & photography).

1-888-709-TECH (8324)


Gain a competitive edge! Learn different aspects of video game creation, app development, filmmaking, photography, and more. 2-week programs where ages 13-18 interact with industry professionals to gain competitive edge. iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy are held at Stanford, and other universities.

1-888-709-TECH (8324)

Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park

Menlo Park

Prevent Summer Brain Drain with Mathnasium Power Math Workouts. During the summer months, many students lose 2 to 2.5 months of math skills learned during the school year. Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park is offering 8 and 16-Session Flexible Summer Passes which will keep your child’s math skills sharp and provide a boost for the school year ahead. Open to grades 1st - 10th grade. Summer Passes on sale now and expire Sept. 7, 2013. Center located at 605 A Cambridge Avenue, Menlo Park (next to the Oasis, one block north of Stanford Shopping Mall).


Professional Tutoring Services of Silicon Valley Los Altos Academic camps offering Algebra I & II, Geometry, and Spanish I to III, small groups. Great for review or preview. Three sessions starting June 24 through August 2. Perfect for junior high students taking high school level courses. Register online or call us:


Stanford EXPLORE Careers in Medicine and Science Series


Are you a high school or college student interested in science, medicine or healthcare but unsure what degrees or careers are available? Stanford Explore has the answers! Email:

Stratford School - Camp Socrates 17 Bay Area Campuses Academic enrichment infused with traditional summer camp fun-that’s what your child will experience at Camp Socrates. Sessions begin June 24 and end August 9, with the option for campers to attend all seven weeks, or the first four (June 24-July 19). Full or half-day morning or afternoon programs are available.

Summer at Saint Francis


Mountain View

Summer at Saint Francis provides a broad range of academic and athletic programs for elementary through high school students. It is the goal of every program to make summer vacation enriching and enjoyable!

TechKnowHow Computer & Lego Camps


Arts, Culture, Other Camps Busy Bees & Astro Kids Summer Adventure Camps

Mountain View

Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

Mountain View

50+ creative camps for Gr. K-8! Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Musical Theater, School of Rock, Digital Arts, more! One- and two-week sessions; full and half-day enrollment. Extended care available. Financial aid offered.

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DHF Wilderness Camps

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve

Children ages 6-14 can meet the livestock, help with farm chores, explore a wilderness preserve and have fun with crafts, songs and games. Older campers conclude the week with a sleepover at the Farm. Near the intersection of Hwy 85 and Hwy 280

Pacific Art League of Palo Alto


Palo Alto Community Child Care (PACCC)

Palo Alto

PACCC summer camps offer campers, grades kindergarten to 6th, a wide variety of fun opportunities! K-1 Fun for the youngest campers, Neighborhood Adventure Fun and Ultimate Adventure Fun for the more active and on-the-go campers! New this year: Sports Adventure Camp for those young athletes and Operation Chef for out of this world cooking fun! Swimming twice per week, periodic field trips, special visitors and many engaging camp activities, songs and skits round out the fun offerings of PACCC Summer Camps! Registration is online. Open to campers from all communities! Come join the fun in Palo Alto! 650-493-2361

Theatreworks Summer Camps

Palo Alto

In these entertaining camps for grades K-5, students enjoy juggling, clowning, puppetry, playwriting, acting, improvisation, music, and dance - present their own original pieces at the end of each session.

Western Ballet Children’s Summer Camp


Mountain View

Students attend ballet class and rehearsal in preparation for the recital of either Peter Pan or The Little Mermaid at the end of the two week session. Separate Saturday classes are also offered. Ages 4-9. 914 N. Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View

Western Ballet Intermediate Summer Intensive

Mountain View

Students obtain high quality training in ballet, pointe, character, jazz, and modern dance, while learning choreography from the classical ballet Paquita. The students dance in featured roles in a final performance. Ages 9-12. Audition required 914 N. Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View

Western Ballet Advanced Summer Intensive

Mountain View

Students obtain high quality training in ballet, pointe, character, jazz, and modern dance, while learning choreography from the classical ballet Paquita. The students dance in featured roles in a final performance. Ages 13-23. Audition required. 914 N. Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View


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Palo Alto Menlo Park/Sunnyvale

Palo Alto

PAL offers morning and afternoon art camps in cartooning and comics, printmaking, glass fusing, mixed media and acrylic and watercolor painting for children 5-18 years. It is a great place to explore imagination and creativity in a supportive, encouraging and fun environment with a lot of personal attention. Scholarships are available. 227 Forest Avenue

Alan Margot’s Tennis Camps


Fun and enriching technology classes for students, ages 5-14 Courses include LEGO and K’NEX Projects with Motors, Electronics, NXT Robotics, 3D Modeling, and Game Design. Many locations, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Sunnyvale. Half and all day options. Early-bird and multi-session discounts available.

Alan Margot’s Tennis Camps provide an enjoyable way for your child to begin learning the game of tennis or to continue developing existing skills. Our approach is to create lots of fun with positive feedback and reinforcement in a nurturing tennis environment. Building self-esteem and confidence through enjoyment on the tennis court is a wonderful gift a child can keep forever! Super Juniors Camps, ages 3-6; Juniors Camps, ages 6-14.


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City of Mountain View Recreation Division

Mountain View

Discover fun with us this summer through the many programs available with the City of Mountain View Recreation Division. From sports to traditional day camps, to cooking camps, dance camps and art camps... we have it all! Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue

City of Mountain View Swim Lessons Rengstorff and Eagle Parks

Mountain View

We offer swim lessons for ages 6 months to 14 years. Following the American Red Cross swim lesson program, students are divided into one of the 11 different levels taught by a certified instructor. Rengstorff Park Pool, 201 S Rengstorff Ave and Eagle Park Pool,650 Franklin St.

Join us for these half-day camps designed for 3-8 year olds as we have fun, participate in games and crafts, and go on fun field trips! Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue

iD Teen Academies Gaming, Programming & Visual Arts

Los Altos Hills

Two Six-Week Summer Sessions Beginning June 10. These sessions are perfect for university students returning from summer break who need to pick up a class; and high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates who want to get an early start. 12345 El Monte Rd.


What makes Y camps different? We believe every child deserves the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Y campers experience the outdoors, make new friends and have healthy fun in a safe, nurturing environment. They become more confident and grow as individuals, and they learn value in helping others. We offer day, overnight, teen leadership and family camps. Financial assistance is available. Get your summer camp guide at camp. Youth camps (ages 5 - 17) run June 17 - Aug. 16 . Half-day and full-day options. Fees vary. 1922 The Alameda 3rd Floor, San Jose


Club Rec Juniors & Seniors

Mountain View

Club Rec Juniors and Seniors is open for youth 6-11 years old. These traditional day camps are filled with fun theme weeks, weekly trips, swimming, games, crafts and more! Monta Loma Elementary School, 490 Thompson Ave.

Foothills Day Camp

Palo Alto

What will you discover? Foothills Day and Fun Camps, for youth ages 8-10 and 5-7 respectively, includes canoeing, hiking, animal identification games, crafts, and more- all for less than $5 an hour. Registration begins February 15th for residents. (February 22nd for non-residents.) Hurry, spaces are limited!



Palo Alto

Exciting programs for kindergartners through teens include swimming, field trips, sports and more. Enroll your child in traditional or special focus camps like Surfing, Archery, Animal Adventure, Circus Camp and over 50 others! Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way

Kim Grant Tennis Academy & Summer Camps


Palo Alto Menlo Park/Redwood City

Fun and Specialized junior camps for Mini (3-5), Beginner, Intermediate 1&2, Advanced and Elite Players. Weekly programs designed by Kim Grant to improve players technique, fitness, agility, mental toughness and all around tennis game. Camps in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City. Come make new friends and have tons of FUN!!

Nike Tennis Camps


Stanford University

Dick Gould’s 43rd Annual Stanford Tennis School offers day camps for both juniors & adults. Weekly junior overnight & extended day camps run by John Whitlinger & Lele Forood. Junior Day Camp run by Brandon Coupe & Frankie Brennan.

1-800-NIKE-CAMP (645-3226)

Spartans Sports Camp Spartans Sports Camp offers multi-sport, week-long sessions for boys and girls in grades 3-6 as well as sport-specific sessions for grades 6-9. There are also strength and conditioning camps for grades 6-12. Camps begin June 10th and run weekly through August 2nd at Mountain View High School. The camp is run by MVHS coaches and student-athletes and all proceeds benefit the MVHS Athletic Department. Lunch and extended care are available for your convenience. Register today! www.

Spring Down Camp Equestrian Center


Portola Valley

Spring Down Camp teaches basic to advanced horsemanship skills. Ages 6-99 welcome! Daily informative lecture, riding lesson, supervised hands-on ski-ll practice, safety around horses, tacking/untacking of own camp horse, and arts/crafts.

Stanford Water Polo Camps



Ages 7 and up. New to sport or have experience, we have a camp for you. Half day or Full day option for boys and girls. All the camps offer fundamental skill work, position work, scrimmages and games.


Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Sports & Activity Camp (ages 6-12): This all-sports camp provides group instruction in a variety of field, water and court games. Saint Francis faculty and students staff the camp, and the focus is always on fun. The program is dedicated to teaching teamwork, sportsmanship and positive self-esteem. After camp care and swim lessons available.

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Summer at Saint Francis

Mountain View

Advanced Sports Camps (5th-9th grades): We offer a wide selection of advanced sports camps designed to provide players with the opportunity to improve both their skills and knowledge of a specific sport. Each camp is run by a Head Varsity Coach at Saint Francis, and is staffed by members of the coaching staff.

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Music, Arts and Food Sur La Table Cooking School 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (650) 289-0438 (Go to “cooking classes� navigation bar, and search “Palo Alto�) Classes are two- to two-and-a-half hours long. Recipes and tasting-sized portions will be provided in the class. Sur La Table offers hands-on classes, demonstration-only classes and classes for kids and teens.

The Silicon Valley Boychoir 600 Homer Ave., Palo Alto 650-424-1242 The Silicon Valley Boychoir rehearses in downtown Palo Alto and trains boys in the art of choral singing with an emphasis on vocal coaching, music literacy, and the highest artistic standards. The multi-level choir for boys in grades 1-8 is expanding next fall and adding additional levels.

Art with Emily 402 El Verano Ave., Palo Alto 650-856-9571 Emily Young teaches mixed-media, multi-cultural art lessons for children at her fully equipped studio in Palo Alto.

Art Works Studio 595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto 650-796-1614 Art Works Studio offers a variety of fineart classes for kids, as well as summer camps.

Art for Wellbeings Summer Art Camp 2460 Park Blvd. No. 3, Palo Alto 650-776-8297 In this summer art camp for young people with special needs and their friends, one fruit will be focused on each day and be eaten as a snack. Participants will learn about the seed, plant or tree, growing cycle, and foods made of this fruit. The day will start with a welcome and introduction to the fruit of the day, and participants will then create an art project based on the fruit (and eat it!). For ages 8-18, the camp runs three sessions in July.

Manzana Music School Palo Alto 650-799-7807 Manazana offers lessons for adults and children aged 6 or older on guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, vocal, arranging and music theory. House-call and Skype lessons are also available.

old, including violin classes and group Suzuki lessons.

Opus1 Music Studio 2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto 650-625-9955

New Mozart School of Music 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto 650-324-2373 New Mozart provides early-childhood music classes for children 2-7 years

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Midpeninsula Community Media Center 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto 650-494-8686 The Media Center offers classes every month in a wide range of media arts, including publishing media on the Web, podcasting, digital editing, field production, TV studio production, Photoshop for photographers, citizen journalism and autobiographical digital stories. Biweekly free orientation sessions and tours.

Opus1 Music Studio offers group music lessons for all kinds of instruments to ages 2 and up. Beginners to advanced level.



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U Student/teacher ratio 6:1 U The best evidence-based teaching techniques for dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities U Cutting edge research incorporated into our innovative, dynamic curriculum U Teachers trained in multiple teaching approaches: Slingerland, Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood Bell, DavisŠ Learning Strategies, Woodin Math, Montessori, and new focused learning techniques U Students receive the individualized instruction they need, drawn from the best resources U Extended hours available


Visit our website at or call (650) 543-4560 to schedule a consultation. Athena Academy shall admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, or religion to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, or religion in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship or tuition assistance, loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

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Pacific Art League 668 Ramona St., Palo Alto 650-321-3891 Art classes and workshops by qualified, experienced instructors for students from beginners to advanced and even non-artists. Classes in collage, oil painting, portraits and sketching, life drawing, acrylic or watercolor and brush painting. Sculpture. Registration is ongoing.

Palo Alto Art Center

Which is Why You Need Palo Alto Adult School in partnership with Boston Reed


1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto 650-329-2366 Classes and workshops for children and adults in ceramics, painting, drawing, jewelry, book arts, printmaking, collage and more.

Amigos de Palo Alto

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Want to Play Soccer? Men and Women Recreational Leagues: Sundays: Men’s A and Men’s B Women


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Milestones Preschool 3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-618-3325 Milestones Preschool, a developmental program, provides children aged 2-5 years an educational environment that promotes their development of the social skills, independent thinking, intellectual growth, and positive self-image they need to succeed in kindergarten and later in life. NAEYC accredited. State of California License 434407984.

Sora International Preschool

School Days

Career training programs start soon!

650-251-8500 After-school programs for preschool, elementary- and middle-school students. Classes include French cooking, Asian cooking, chess, science, robotics, Chinese dance, art and craft, watercolor, gymnastics, soccer and multi-sports.

1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto 650-493-4300 Amigos de Palo Alto is a full Spanish-immersion preschool. Offering parents a safe environment where they may leave their children, both for child care and to begin learning from bilingual instructors how to speak and learn Spanish the same way their native language was learned — naturally. Preschool sessions are offered five days a week.

International School of the Peninsula Cohn Campus (grades 1-8): 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto Cooper Campus (nursery): 3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto

701 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto 650-493-7672 Sora International Preschool is an English-Japanese bilingual preschool. Sora’s mission is to help families that are raising bilingual children as well as those that want their children to begin a second language at an early age.

T’enna Preschool at the Oshman Family JCC 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto 650-223-8788 Play-based approach develops skills and a love of learning. Two-, three- and five-day-per-week options for 18 months to 5 years with emphasis placed on experiential learning, family involvement,

Evenings: Men’s A and Men’s B Preferential Registration for Palo Alto Residents


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For Kids Camp Edmo Palo Verde Elementary, 3450 Louis Road, Palo Alto 415-282-6673 At Camp Edmo, entering K-fourth graders participate in arts, science and animation activities designed by Edventure More in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, the Children’s Creativity Museum & the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA). Palo Verde Elementary in Palo Alto also hosts Camp EdTech, a digital media camp for entering 5th-8th graders where campers create, direct, edit & star in their own short films and animations, develop 2-D and 3-D Video Games or express their perspective of the world in a Digital Photography program. Both camps runs Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. plus extended day and lunch options.

Galileo Innovation Camps for Kids Walter Hays Elementary School, 1525 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 800-854-3684 The world needs innovators. That’s where Galileo comes in. Drawing from the innovation process developed by the Stanford (Institute of Design), Galileo runs an evolving series of imagination-sparking programs for kids from pre-K through 8th grade: Camp Galileo (pre-K-5th graders), Galileo Summer Quest (5th-8th graders), The Tech Summer Camps (4th-8th graders) and Chabot Space & Science Camp (3rd-7th graders). Extended care from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Optional healthy lunch program.

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Peninsula Bible Church, 3505 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 650-494-3840 At Kingdom Rock VBS, kids ages 4 years to fifth grade learn about the Bible through various activities. June 17-21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Braun Music Center (541 Lasuen Mall) and Dinkelspiel Auditorium (471 Lagunita Drive), Stanford University Campus 650-736-0324, Jazz Camp immerses participants in a fun, focused, and supportive environment. The Jazz Camp curriculum includes master classes, ensemble playing, private lessons, and performance, as well as theory, musicianship and jazz history. The camp culminates in a public recital by student combos. In addition to daily class sessions and rehearsals, students may attend jam sessions and Stanford Jazz Festival concerts for free. Participants can choose to stay on campus in dormitories. For ages 12-17; no audition required for enrollment.


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Ventana Summer Camps of Inquiry, Imagination and Investigation

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Stanford University junior Perth Charernwattanagul watches an online lecture. Charernwattanagul, who took a “flipped” class on databases last fall, said the ability to watch lecture content in advance of class, often more than once, improved his mastery of the material.

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classroom Stanford tests the power of stories and technology to boost learning by Chris Kenrick


espite an explosion in biomedical knowledge, the method of teaching first-year medical students through lectures has changed little since the Wright brothers were tinkering at Kitty Hawk over a century ago, says Stanford University pediatric infectious disease specialist Charles Prober. Prober, who also is associate dean for medical education at the School of Medicine, aims to improve on that. By making lessons “stickier” — more memorable and comprehensible — and embracing self-paced and mastery-based approaches, he hopes to make better use of students’ time in their task of absorbing the everexpanding medical canon. Ultimately, he aspires to make better doctors. Prober’s emerging reform efforts at

the School of Medicine, combining face-to-face and online teaching, are part of a larger and systematic initiative across Stanford to test the uses of technology in search of better ways to teach and learn. The global onslaught of education technology — described variously as a “tsunami” and an “avalanche” — has colleges and universities around the world scrambling to position for a future that is sure to be different. Online learning — including the newly famous “MOOCs” (massive, open online courses, in which tens of thousands of students around the world have enrolled in some Stanfordtaught courses) — promises to remake 21st-century higher education in ways nobody can predict. Stanford aims to blaze a trail and remain standing in that brave new world, leveraging its entrepreneurial culture, star-studded faculty, depth in computer science and broad resources to test online approaches to figure out what actually works. Last year, about 60 professors

across the university experimented with new, technology-assisted teaching methods — probably the highest level of participation on any university campus, computer science professor John Mitchell said. Chief among the new approaches is the so-called “flipped classroom,” in which faculty members convert lectures into online video modules to be absorbed by students before they come to class. Class time then becomes available to build on the academic content with interactive discussion, hands-on activities or guest speakers. Stanford President John Hennessy last summer created a new ViceProvost’s Office for Online Learning, appointing Mitchell to head it. In turn, the schools of business, engineering and medicine appointed deans to lead their respective onlinelearning efforts. “It really hasn’t been my job to get people interested in it,” Mitchell said. (continued on next page)

By the numbers Jennifer Widom’s Introduction to Databases course, fall 2012

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“I’m just trying to help everyone follow through on the ideas that they have.� Twice a quarter Mitchell gathers the professors from across departments who are experimenting with online teaching to let them hear one another’s stories and advice. “These have been thought-provoking for faculty,� he said. “If you sit through that and are thinking about your own course you get several different ideas.� The early adopters remain a small but growing subset of Stanford’s nearly 2,000-strong faculty. Flipping a class requires a professor to commit substantial upfront time to creating online content — and then come up with ingenious ways to use the freedup class period. “There’s no reason for the most popular lecturer on campus to necessarily change what they’re doing, although most of us are not spellbinding for every second of every lecture,� Mitchell said. “It’s part of our culture that every-

one is autonomous to a reasonable degree.� But sensing the future — and the potential of technology to scale their classroom lectures to global audiences — faculty and graduate students from business to psychology to statistics are piling on to the ed-tech initiatives. For professors, Stanford offers the incentive of seed grants for proposals that “challenge our understanding of what’s possible in online learning, leveraging innovative technologies and teaching strategies to promote deep learning experiences for learners at Stanford and beyond.� Mitchell and Graduate School of Education Professor Roy Pea established Stanford’s “Lytics Lab� for design and research into online learning. “There are 10 to 15 graduate students there — from education, computer science, engineering, statistics, communications, business and psychology — who’ve realized that this is the future, and if they’re going to have a career in education, this is an exciting topic to do your Ph.D. thesis on,� Mitchell said.

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Stanford computer science chairwoman Jennifer Widom shifted her Introduction to Databases class to a “flipped” model in 2011. She converted her lectures to online segments for students to watch before class and used the freedup class time for interactive activities, discussion of her research or guest speakers.

At the school of education, Pea and sociologist Mitchell Stevens organized a group called Education’s Digital Future “to catalyze a transnational conversation about digital learning.” Ed tech, Stevens said, “is the beginning of a wholesale reorganization of teaching and learning in higher education. It will very soon be an unignorable phenomenon. “This is not a sort of fringe activity of Cambridge and Silicon Valley. This is something that’s going to be reorganizing the entire sector.”


ennifer Widom, head of Stanford’s Computer Science Department, was among the earliest adopters. Widom grew tired of “delivering the same lectures year after year,” often to a half-empty classroom because lectures were videotaped and available to students on the web.

‘Many said the course was a gift they could scarcely believe had come their way.’ —Jennifer Widom, chairwoman, Stanford Computer Science Department So in 2011 she flipped her introductory database course. She created “better” videos for students to watch before class — shorter, topic-specific segments, punctuated with in-video quizzes to let watchers check their understanding. With that material covered in advance, she made class time more enticing with “interactive activities, advanced or exotic topics and guest speakers. “In my course evaluations, I think I got 100 positive comments to two negative comments — something like that — so the students really enjoyed it,” she said. Student reviews aren’t uniformly positive for professors, especially those who assign students to watch their lectures in advance, then require them to come to class where they repeat the same lecture. But trial and error is tolerated as part of the learning process. “Students are now seeing many courses that are taught in this style,

and so I think we’re starting to refine what we do,” Widom said. After preparing video lectures for her database students at Stanford, Widom made the presentations publicly accessible online and soon realized that she could offer the entire course to anyone — and her “Database @ World” class was born. But when students from around the globe flocked to her open, online course she realized there was much more she had to do. “For 10 weeks I worked nearly full-time on the course — never mind my other job as department chair, much less my research program — in part because there was a lot to do but most because there was a lot I could do to make it even better, and I was having a grand time,” she said. Widom said her global students — a varied assortment but many of them software professionals looking to sharpen their skills — were “unabashedly, genuinely, deeply appreciative” for the opportunity to take the class. “Many said the course was a gift they could scarcely believe had come their way,” she wrote in a blog posted with the Association for Computing Machinery. Widom reciprocated the good feeling by posting weekly “screenside-chat” videos, covering logistical issues, technical clarifications and full-on cheerleading for those who were struggling. The online class was machinegraded and offered a “statement of accomplishment” — but no Stanford credit — for completion. By July 2012 it had garnered 115,000 accounts, 480,000 assignment submissions and 6,500 course completions. In the fall of 2012 Widom offered the same “introduction to databases” course to 240 students at Stanford — and 48,000 around the world signed up as well. Of the global enrollees, 21,000 submitted more than one assignment, 4,900 completed the entire course and 1,900 completed it “with distinction.” In one poll Widom learned that her global students were from 130 countries, with the U.S. best represented, followed by India and Russia (China blocked some of the content, but a few students found workarounds). Males outnumbered females four to one, a little better than the ratio among U.S. college computer-sci-

CITY OF PALO ALTO ence majors, Widom said. Many of the global students said they had been programming databases for years without really knowing what they were doing. The Stanford students in Widom’s flipped classroom worked through the same material but got more: hand-graded written problems with more depth than the automated exercises, a programming project, traditional written exams, and classroom activities ranging from interactive problem-solving to presentations by data architects at Facebook and Twitter. And rather than a “statement of accomplishment,” they gained Stanford recognition and credit. “There’s no question that the Stanford students were satisfied,” Widom said. “I’ve taught the course enough times to know that the uptick in my teaching ratings was statistically significant.” Stanford junior Perth Charernwattanagul, a math major, took Widom’s flipped database course last fall. “At first I didn’t think it would work because I thought going to lectures was a necessary part of learning, but it fit that class really well,” Charernwattanagul said. “One of the major advantages is you can actually go through all the videos at your own speed, and you don’t have to go at the professor’s pace. “You can pause and go back. You can’t really do that in an actual lecture, and I do that a lot.” Charernwattanagul thinks he learned more from Widom’s flipped classroom than he would have in a traditional delivery of the same course because the professor used class time to discuss her own research and bring in speakers from industry.

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‘It’s what we’ve tried to do in medical education for a long time — teach medical students about medicine through the lens of the patients they’re seeing. The material is familiar but reframed in a way.’ —Charles Prober, associate dean for medical education, Stanford School of Medicine But he questions whether every subject or class size would lend itself to the flipped model. “It makes sense in a class with a lot of students that’s not a discussion classroom, but with only 10 or 20 students, people might not like it. Or I’m not sure how it would work in a humanities class,” he said.


he time-honored tradition of teaching medical students at the bedsides of hospital patients is, in many ways, the original flipped classroom, observed Prober of the School of Medicine. “It’s what we’ve tried to do in medi(continued on next page)

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cal education for a long time — teach medical students about medicine through the lens of the patients they’re seeing. The material is familiar but reframed in a way.” But Prober also aims to improve the effectiveness of students’ pre-clinical education — the first two years of medical school, when most spend their days in traditional classrooms cramming their heads with dense content. “You come in fresh and ready to save the world, and you get thrown into classrooms with lecture material, facts coming at you. “You have them coming at you and coming at you so strongly that you sometimes wonder, ‘What’s the relevance of this? I want to be a doctor. What’s the relevance?’ “So the more you can start flipping the classroom into the relevance, and underscoring the relevance through patient stories and simulation,” the more the learning will stick, he said. Last year Prober called for major reforms to medical education — including use of the flipped-classroom model — in a New England Journal of Medicine article he co-authored with Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Chip Heath. “Since the hours available in a day have not increased to accommodate the expanded medical canon, we have only one realistic alternative: make better use of our students’ time,” they wrote. The School of Medicine has rede-

How online and in-person courses have differed What online students got*: s,ECTURESONVIDEO s7EEKLY hSCREENSIDE CHATv VIDEOS COVERING LOGISTICAL ISSUES technical clarifications and encouragement for those who are struggling s-ACHINE GRADEDASSIGNMENTS s!hSTATEMENTOFACCOMPLISHMENTvFORCOMPLETIONˆBUTNO3TANFORD credit

What Stanford students got: s(AND GRADEDWRITTENPROBLEMSWITHMOREDEPTH s!PROGRAMMINGPROJECT s4RADITIONALWRITTENEXAMS s#LASSROOMACTIVITIESRANGINGFROMINTERACTIVEPROBLEM SOLVINGTO presentations by data architects at Facebook and Twitter s3TANFORD5NIVERSITYCREDIT *Based on Stanford Professor Jennifer Widom’s fall 2012 Introduction to Databases course signed its core biochemistry course, discarding the standard lecture-based format in favor of short, online presentations. Class time is used for interactive discussions of clinical vignettes highlighting the biochemical bases of various diseases. Student reviews have been positive, and class attendance — which is optional — jumped from 30 percent to 80 percent, Prober and Heath said in the May 2012 New England Journal article. The flipped format also has been used in some courses in endocrinol-

ogy, women’s health, genetics, microbiology and immunology, Prober said. Another faculty member is designing a “mix and match” course — some standard lecture, some interactive — in cardiovascular physiology for Stanford medical students. Part of that project will be “taking the cardiovascular content that’s created in the video part and exporting it to Rwanda to see if it’s equally relevant to students there,” Prober said. But change is hard and requires departure from comfortable and famil-

Cover Story iar routines for something unknown. “And of course the looming question in every educator’s mind is, ‘Does this work? Is it really going to make a difference?’” he said. Success can be measured in things like examination results and student and faculty satisfaction levels. But ultimately the question is whether it will produce better doctors, and that is a long-term proposition. A 2010 U.S. Department of Education analysis of online-learning studies concluded that hybrid courses — partly face-to-face and partly online — were at least as good if not marginally better and more engaging than the standard model. In his quest to make the medical curriculum more compelling and memorable, Prober reached out to Heath, whose research centers on how to design messages to make them stick. Heath is co-author with his brother, Dan Heath, of the 2007 New York Times best-selling book “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.” Prober also has initiated projects with Sal Khan, whose online Khan Academy offers 4,100 online videos, each about 10 minutes long, on topics from arithmetic to venture capital. “Sal Khan is intriguing in the simplicity with which he delivers the message and the effectiveness with which it is delivered,” Prober said. Delivering dense medical content in compelling segments that are shorter than the traditional 50-minute lecture also makes them easier for a professor to update — and readily searchable later on by students and doctors for a just-in-time refresher when needed, he said. “Every major university is involved in this space,” he said. Last year he brought a few major medical schools together for a summit on the topic. “There was a lot of enthusiasm for this and the question of whether we should be doing something together.”

Mitchell, the vice-provost for online learning, said he expects to see “a lot of different approaches online. “Maybe it will settle down in 20 years, but 20 years is a long time. I think for the next five or 10 years we’ll see lots of changes and new developments.” Online education, Widom told her colleagues, is “exploding, yet nobody knows where this is going. “I think that’s really important to say. It could be going just about anywhere.” N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly. com. About the cover: Pulmonologist David Sachs talks with Stanford School of Medicine students, from left, Michelle Nguyen, Leslie Modlin, Margaret Mongare and Amar Mirza about identifying types of lung infections as part of a session in advanced clinical skills. As students begin to study more lecture material online in advance of class, more class time will be spent in learning groups like this session. Photo by Veronica Weber.



hough many expect online learning to radically reshape higher education, neither Prober nor Widom think it will change the core experience of Stanford students. “The residential college is not going to go away,” Prober said. “We need to have students of like age, of like mind and of broad diversity mixing it up with each other as they learn together, but I think we can create a balance with online structuring,” Prober said, adding that online approaches also potentially could address cost issues in higher education. Said Widom: “I don’t expect it to compromise a university like Stanford. I think the experience of students coming to Stanford, being residential, interacting with the faculty and with the other students, working in labs and so on, is not going to be replaced.” And yet Stanford’s online initiatives are opening a Pandora’s Box of big questions, suggested by Widom in her blog. Who owns the course content, the university or the professor? What about money and teaching credit for putting courses online? Is it the university’s mission to educate the world? And if everything is online, what are people getting, exactly, for the $40,000-plus tuition at Stanford?

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Palo Alto Weekly 05.10,2013 - Section 2  

Section 2 of the May 10, 2013 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 05.10,2013 - Section 2  

Section 2 of the May 10, 2013 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly