A Collaboration with
Agency by Design Oakland


Agency by Design:

"Educational initiatives that emphasize making, design, engineering, and tinkering have been gaining traction in schools and organizations across the country. While maker-centered learning is not a new concept, recent and emerging trends suggest a new kind of hands-on pedagogy—a responsive and flexible pedagogy that encourages community and collaboration (a do-it-together mentality), distributed teaching and learning, and crossing boundaries."

Supported by the Abundance Foundation, Agency by Design (AbD) is a multiyear research initiative by Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Project Zero, investigating the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning experiences.

Agency by Design Oakland is the principal research and implementation site of Agency by Design.

Repair Mini-Grants Program
Established in August 2018

Funded by The Culture of Repair Project, twenty mini-grants of up to $500 are now available to present and past Agency by Design Oakland Teacher Fellows, and their school site colleagues, to explore the relationship between repair and maker-centered learning in the K-12 classroom.

"Repair is a Revolutionary Act." - Rose Marcario, Patagonia CEO


Where does repair intersect with maker-centered learning? K-12 educators are invited to experiment and tinker with their curriculum and consider where repair might intersect with their classroom objectives. Design and implement a new unit, host a family event, collaborate with a colleague, learn a skill, or make a project idea come to life. Some areas to dig into: systems thinking, understanding design, functionality, scavenging to repair, creative repair to reuse, e-waste, the systems of stuff, designing for obsolescence, the intersection of culture and repair, agency, ancestral making and ancestral repair, the subjective relationship with materials and objects, capitalism and repair, circular economy, developing a sensitivity to design, engaging students in fixing stuff in our classrooms, environmental sustainability, the intersection of repair and maker identity, how to fix your electronics, your clothes, your furniture, and more.

Please read through the Culture of Repair website and explore the Resources section for more ideas, or reach out to an Agency by Design Oakland Leadership Team Member for a thought partner.


●      These funds will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

●      To apply, please fill out this short Application Form. The first round of notifications will go out August 24th, 2018. Applications received after August 24th will be reviewed immediately and you will hear back within 5 business days.

●      Funds will be dispersed as reimbursements through the Oakland Public Education Fund. Save all of your receipts.

●      There are no restrictions on fund usage. Funds can be used for tools, supplies, to hire an outside expert, planning or collaboration time, professional development learning experiences, or other.

●      Educators are eligible for more than one mini-grant. Larger projects may be eligible for Culture of Repair grants up to $5,000. Please speak with the leadership team about this opportunity.

●      Recipients will be asked post-project implementation to share reflections on what they tried out, how they tinkered with the concept of repair in their curriculum, and whether and how repair enriched maker-centered learning. Please be prepared to share one or more visual pieces of documentation.