• MOTHER l WRITER | EDUCATOR | ARTIST | MAKER 

  • Services

    Education has always been my passion. I have over 25 years of experience in designing and leading classes and workshops for adults and children, and I have extensive knowledge and experience in working with non-profit organizations. I am always excited and interested to work with families, communities, and organization to assist in designing and attaining educational goals through rich, interdisciplinary, and entertaining programs. If you would like more information, please contact me.

    Consulting

    Get personal attention and support about issues specific to your needs and/or project. Contact me for more information on setting up an appointment, either in person or by phone.

    Currently mentoring:

    • Parents who are considering or are new to homeschooling
    • Parents who are experienced at home education seeking advice or help in identifying or achieving new goals
    • Homeschooling parents who need assistance in writing transcripts
    • Homeschooling kids who want mentoring around creating their own plan.
    • Educators looking to change they way they approach a topic or project in the classroom
    • Non-profits and museums seeking to change and improve their visitor experience, especially through education.

    1:1 Coaching Sessions

    • assistance with starting or discovering your project
    • personalized instruction
    • in-depth feedback about your work in one of our courses
    • uncovering and moving through blocks

    Mentoring promises to be:

    • tailored to the client
    • opportunities for advancing your work
    • supportive and inspiring
    • potentially transformative

    Feedback:

    “This was amazing. Can we have you on stand-by as our own homeschooling fairy?”

    “So helpful. I feel at peace about our homeschooling journey for the first time since we started.”

    “Thank you so much for guiding us to a new vision for our organization. You were able to see the possibilities and channel them into tangible experiences for our staff and our visitors.”

    Un-/Homeschooling Workshops and Un-Conferences

    Professional Development for Educators

    Hacking the Future: Creating a Learner Centered Education:

    Teachers can spend one to three sessions with Samantha Cook, Founder and ED of Curiosity Hacked, learning about creating/supporting a more learner-centered classroom environment through mentorship, hands-on making, and hacking to integrate skill building into existing curriculum. Participants will be gaining new skills, work with a variety of materials, and discuss relevant ideas and examples to enhance their own visions as well as those of their students. CH will offer a Professional Development certificate upon completion, and workshops can be held at the CH Oakland Lab or on-site at a school or other suitable location.

    Feedback from past participants

    “Best PD workshop ever!”

    “OMG!!!!!! Every day was an eye opening experience for me – – not to be afraid to try something – to take my curiosity to the next level – – and instead of focusing on the person next to me and comparing my output to theirs, to let MY creativity and MY curiosity lead me to MY path of making.I’ve cleaned out my garage space and am setting it up as a makerspace/hackerspace… with the objective of making it available to other educators for tinkering, making, sharing and learning.
    Thank you SO much for offering this workshop!!”

    “I didn’t want to leave! You rule!”

    “I loved everything! The hands on AND being able to choose what/how to do. To watch and learn from others in real time. To have conversations with colleagues in the field (guest speaker and other participants) about application, issues, challenges and ideas. To learn from Sam how Curiosity Hacked was developed and how it continues to evolve. I LOVED that I made my first bot!!”

    “I thought this workshop was a really great balance of perspective, vision-sharing and hands-on experience. What was shared illustrated the power of creative problem-solving when motivated by tangible, learner-valued projects. I am totally inspired to see the projects I do with kids differently and to guide them to see themselves as innovators, builders and thinkers. Learning new skills and stretching myself creatively also helped me to reflect on my own learning/teaching style and fueled my excitement to do more!”

    “In my opinion, the allotted time was well structured. I especially appreciated Sam’s examples of ways that she had used projects to spark and encourage social-emotional and academic growth in the kids. The guest speakers provided a wider look at what was out in the community. And the time for us to actually do projects and explore materials/techniques… well, there could never be too much time for that, right?”

    “I have already changed my curriculum as a result of this opportunity. It made me remember, as an old teacher, what I liked about school. After years of having to “drill and kill” the students to pass the standardized tests, I have been thinking about the fact that school wasn’t like that for me, and I did very well in college. We teach them to color in the lines for years and years. Isn’t it time we begin to teach them to think “outside the box”. This workshop has done the most to motivate me than any other teacher in-service program than I have ever attended. Rather than just listening to what could be done, which is inspiring, with this workshop I was able to “feel” it myself. What a difference. Thank you sooo much for providing this opportunity for me. My classroom is now becoming full of “maker” supplies. I want my students to like to come to school. This is the beginning of the transformation.”

    “I love EVERYTHING IN THIS WORKSHOP!! Truly AMAZING!! Loved the hands on EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME!”

    “It is very powerful to learn by doing. Interactive, hands on, and sessions that allow plenty of time to implement what we just learn, are the best.”