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February 15, 2012

O'Reilly Media's MAKE Hosts Pivot Learning Partners Executive Leadership Center Seminar

Sebastopol, CA—This Thursday, February 16, 2012, fifty superintendents participating in Pivot Learning Partners' Executive Leadership Center (ELC) will take a field trip to O'Reilly Media for a hands-on visit to MAKE Magazine and Analy High School's Project Make classroom. Thursday's field trip will present a unique opportunity for area superintendents (twenty-six from Sonoma County; two from Lake County; eight from Marin County; nine from Mendocino County; and two from Napa County) to explore Project Make's 21st century classroom with Analy High teacher Casey Shea. Superintendents will also meet with Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of MAKE Magazine, Maker Faire and co-founder of O'Reilly Media.

MAKE and Pivot Learning Partners share a mutual commitment to fostering cultures of change that result in improved teaching and learning for all. The organizations are excited to explore future collaboration through thought partnership around key issue areas such as STEM Education and addressing the relevance gap.

About Make: Magazine
MAKE is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. MAKE unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. MAKE celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. MAKE is published quarterly by Maker Media, the division of O'Reilly Media, Inc., that also produces the wildly popular Make: Online (www.makezine.com), the Maker Shed online store for DIY kits, books, and more (www.makershed.com), and the world's biggest DIY festival, Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com).

About Pivot Learning Partners
Pivot Learning Partners is a non-profit organization that has built long-term relationships with California school districts since 1995 to create educational systems that are more equitable, more efficient, and more effective. Using a research-based theory of action, Pivot Learning supports school districts in analyzing, designing and implementing customized solutions that draw on best and next practices to develop leaders and redesign systems that reflect a vision of the educational organizations of the future.

About the Executive Leadership Center (ELC)
The ELC for superintendents is a professional development program that provides public school district leaders with the opportunity to join colleagues in a safe, deprivatized environment, to explore provocative research, challenge norms and foster a spirit of inquiry-based collaboration focused on student improvement. The ELC seminars offer superintendents a variety of approaches to instructional and organizational leadership, analytical tools to utilize best practice tactics and leadership strategies to foster cultures of organizational change. ELC seminars are offered fee-free to over 300 California superintendents in 15 regions thanks to the generous sponsorship of organizations across the state. Current sponsors for the Sonoma County ELC are: WLC Architects, Lozano Smith, Blach Construction and ParentLink.

About O'Reilly

O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

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