Learning Community

Ignited’s Learning Community offers regular opportunities for teachers to meet directly with industry professionals to learn about their careers and to explore strategies to bring industry into their classrooms. Join us for topics from electric vehicles and semiconductors to water stewardship and biotechnology! We meet monthly on Zoom from 5-6pm (PST) during the week. Sign up to be notified of scheduled events.




March 7, 2024

  • Cyber
  • Electric Vehicles
Electric Vehicles and Career Mentorship

Embark on a journey into the realm of Electric Vehicles (EV) and information technology (IT). Explore the significance of mentorship, focusing on building trust within teams and addressing the perennial question of “when am I ever going to use this in real life?”

Industry Leader: Mark Peterson
Teacher Leader: Nicole Padia

March 20, 2024

  • Environmental Sustainability
Climate Friendly Agricultural Solutions

With both genome engineering and nature-based approaches to disease resistance and carbon sequestration, Berkeley scientists Peggy Lemaux and Myeong-Je Cho are improving the performance and quality of crops like wheat, sorghum, and the beloved cacao. Anya Schwanes will showcase how she brings the science of genetically engineered crops into her classroom.

Industry Leaders: Peggy Lemaux and Myeong-Je Cho
Teacher Leader: Anya Schwanes

April TBD, 2024

  • Electric Vehicles
  • Cyber
  • Space

More details and registration coming soon!


Teachers Rave about the Learning Community!

“I like to bake but I don’t make a decision about what to bake based on the recipe; I make a decision based on the reviews because I only have two hours to make something happen and I don’t want a bad experience. That’s how I feel about the professional development. Hearing from a teacher with real students in a real classroom and what did and didn’t work for them is kind of like a recipe review for me.”

“I liked hearing the researchers share about their work demands and experience in the lab. I also liked that they were helping us find ways to apply those real life biotech lab skills for our students in the classroom.”

“This PD provided great insight into how students and teachers could begin their journey into cybersecurity proficiency, and also about related career aspects that this field holds. I really enjoyed this!”


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Cybersecurity focused Seminars are sponsored by Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research under ONR award number N00014-21-1-2778. 
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Naval Research.