UPDATED 5/6/2014 = Sorry = We have closed the MERIT program for international teachers. Check back in November 2014 for updated information.
The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College is honored to open up a few spaces in the MERIT program to teachers outside the United States. For more than 13 years, the MERIT program has helped teachers in northern California learn to make technology a dynamic and effective part of their teaching, and the Krause Center welcomes the opportunity to teach and learn from instructors around the world who are interested in the power and potential of educational technology. You can read and hear more about the MERIT Program on the home page and Frequently Asked Questions page of this site.
The MERIT Program has a history of international participants joining together with the 45 California teachers to form a global teacher professional development community. In 2010, we welcomed one teacher from El Salvador and two teachers from Italy. We have had two Italian teachers each year since! In 2011, the MERIT cohort included another teacher from the same school in El Salvador and an education professor from Ireland. The 2012 group included an American teacher from Korea and in 2013 we welcomed three teachers from Brazil. These international teachers have collaborated with other members of the cohort to implement projects designed to help students become better engaged in their learning and better aware of the perspectives and talents of their peers around the world.
Why participate in MERIT?
Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Krause Center for Innovation has a strong history of helping teachers design more engaging experiences for their students. International participants not only have the chance to learn about cutting edge hardware and freely available software, but will also work with teachers in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere on collaborative projects. It is our hope that students in our communities and yours will work together to build friendship and understanding.
All MERIT teachers will receive 2-weeks (10 days) of outstanding professional development and a few cool technology tools that can be used in the classroom. However, given donor restrictions on funding, international participants and U.S. participants from outside of California cannot receive the stipend/scholarship funds paid to California teachers who are accepted into the program.
International applicants should carefully consider the costs of transportation to and lodging in Silicon Valley before deciding to apply.
If you are an international teacher wishing to participate in MERIT, please work with their school supervisors to contact MERIT (email@example.com) and inform us of their interest. To be accepted, the full support of your school (and local educational organization, if applicable) is required.
These guidelines apply to participants in the 2014 program only. Future requirements may differ and interested parties are encouraged to contact the program director for current information.
Requirements for International MERIT Teachers
This year, the KCI is fortunate to train international participants without charge. Next year for MERIT 2015, we will have to make a change and charge a fee to participate in the program. All international teacher participants are responsible for all their travel and hotel costs for the 2-week summer program. We expect you will be on the ground in California for 15 days, minimum, including arriving at least by the Sunday before the program starts and leaving on the Saturday after the program ends. The KCI will coordinate ground transportation from the hotel to the Krause Center for Innovation each day at no additional cost. We may also be able to pickup and return participants to the airport (San Francisco International or San Jose International, preferably) by special arrangement with the KCI.
International MERIT Teachers are expected to:
How to apply
You will complete the online application, however please start by downloading the PDF copy of the online application form below. You can review the application questions and prepare your answers in advance of going to the online application. Once you start the online application you cannot stop and return to it at a later time. To help you successfully complete the online application at one time, we are providing you the PDF copy of the application form at the bottom of this page. When you have prepared your answers in a word processor, go to the online application and cut and paste your responses into the appropriate fields.
Any international school or educational authority considering sending a teacher to California for the MERIT program should consider the following in their budgeting plans:
We understand that your commitment is a significant dedication of funds, and will make every effort to help you share the benefits of the program with as many of your colleagues as possible.
Your completed application is due by 11:59pm PDT (U.S. Pacific Daylight savings time) on April 14, 2014.
Access the ONLINE Application [after you have prepared your responses in a word processor].
Ask us questions before completing your application. Good luck!
If you have questions about the application, you may e-mail them to us.
Instructional Technologist [firstname.lastname@example.org]