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MERIT 2010 > For more than a decade, the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College (KCI) has hosted one of the premier technology-focused professional development programs in the United States.  MERIT, formerly Earn While You Learn (EWYL), is a research-based, educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curriculum with technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.

The MERIT Program seeks to show through qualitative and quantitative measures that engaging technology in the hands of a well-trained teacher can improve student learning.  Participants have the opportunity to learn to use and contribute to a variety of resources for collaboration, and are required to design projects not simply to provide dynamic learning experiences for their students, but also create open educational resources that will be of value to other teachers and students near and far.

Participants range in age and experience with technology, but all who are accepted have shown the potential to help their colleagues develop their understanding of and techniques with a variety of powerful technologies.  While the program is open to teachers of a variety of disciplines, the program includes a special focus on math and science, where there is a significant need in so many schools to help students develop confidence in and excitement for their future possibilities with these subjects.  In helping to make learning and teaching more dynamic, MERIT is working to bring education out of the past and into the future that unfolds before us constantly.

The MERIT 2010 Summer Institute : July 5-16, 2010, 8:30a-3:30p, Monday - Friday

Mission Statement

To promote a synthesis of content, technology, and pedagogy that will have a measurable and positive impact on education in the Silicon Valley and beyond.

Program Goals

  1. Prepare participants to use technology in their teaching for more meaningful and engaging student-centered learning.
  2. Develop participants' ability to use common evaluation methods to observe, measure, and explain the effectiveness of emerging technologies and innovative projects for teaching and learning.
  3. Empower participants to foster innovation and collaboration within and beyond their school sites.
  4. Teach participants to evaluate and utilize open educational resources in their teaching and learning.
  5. Guide participants in all subject areas to use strategies exploring math and science as integrated components of the curriculum.


Participant Rewards

Participants who properly complete the two-week Summer Institute and its preparatory components receive Foothill College continuing education units, a $2,000 stipend, and a tool to enhance their projects.  All incentives are designed to support the ongoing integration of technology into the curriculum, and by following through with fall and winter classes, training, activities, and project implementation, participants will receive an additional $1,000 stipend in the spring of the year following the Summer Institute.  These activities include helping other teachers learn to integrate technology meaningfully and therefore allowing the benefits of the MERIT Program to spread well beyond the classrooms of the participants.

Northern California public school teachers in grades 4-12 are encouraged to consider applying to be part of MERIT.  Information meetings are provided on three afternoons in December and January, and those interested should give the application careful consideration well in advance of the January 31st deadline.


Information Sessions for the 2010 Cohort

Interested teachers are welcome to attend any of the following sessions to learn more about MERIT:

  • Monday, Dec. 14th, 4:00-5:30
  • Thursday, Jan. 7th, 4:30-6:00
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 5:00-6:30

All sessions located at the Krause Center for Innovation, Room 4006, Foothill College. View maps and directions. Park in Lot 4, bring some change with you, the parking fee is $2 cash. Look for the yellow vending machine in the row that is straight ahead as you climb the hill into the lot.

Requirements and Application


Contact Us

Those with questions are welcome to contact the MERIT Program at:

Rushton Hurley
MERIT 2010 Program Director

Steven McGriff, Ph.D.
Teacher in Residence, Krause Center for Innovation


Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill College • 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 • • 650-949-7680