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MERIT: Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology


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 (meritapplications@gmail.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. In the future, we will 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:

  1. Be conversant in English is a requirement, however we know from experience that English fluency is best for the teacher participant to maximize the learning experience.
  2. Participate in an online, live webinar on May 9, 2015 to learn about the MERIT program that introduces all cohort participants and instructional team members. The webinar will be conducted at 0900-1200PST.
  3. Read and contribute to e-mail or discussion thread topics with MERIT colleagues from May 2015 - April 2016
  4. Arrive on time and attend all sessions of the Summer Institute (July 6 - 17, 2015, 8:30am - 3:30pm, Monday - Friday (10 days), not including weekends)
  5. Mentor colleagues here and in their home country on the use of educational technologies
  6. Implement technology projects designed during the MERIT program with your students
  7. Evaluate and report back to MERIT on those projects implemented during the following academic year.
  8. International teacher-participants are not responsible for completing program requirements after the Summer Institute.
  9. Have the support of the principal/lead teacher/supervisor/principal/head master at their schools, and are encouraged to open lines of communication between the MERIT Program and their schools as early as possible.
  10. Send us an email of your intent to apply to either: Roni Habib, Program Director (ronihabib@gmail.com) or Dr. Steven McGriff, KCI Instructional Technologist (mcgriffsteven@foothill.edu)
  11. Complete the online application.

How to apply

Contact Dr. McGriff for a web link to the application. You can 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 receive the link you can start the online application. To help you successfully complete the online application, 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. 

Notes on Expected Costs for International Participants

Any international school or educational authority considering sending a teacher to California for the MERIT program should consider the following in their budgeting plans:

  • Travel between their community and either the San Francisco (SFO) or San Jose (SJC) International Airport; please plan for the teacher(s) to arrive at one of these two airports no later than Saturday, July 4th, and to depart no earlier than the morning of July 18th.  We will make every effort to help those arriving on the July 4th or July 5th with transportation to the hotel.  We do not anticipate being able to help with transportation for those arriving on the July 6th.
  • Lodging for the nights of Saturday, July 4th through Friday, July 17th (check out on July 18th).  If we are able to secure a favorable arrangement for participants needing a hotel, we will forward that information as soon as we are able.  Expect to spend $75 - $110/night for a room.
  • Meals.  While meal costs vary substantially, one can eat reasonably for $30/day (this does not include purchases of alcoholic beverages).

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 now.

Contact Dr. McGriff for a link to the application.

Ask us questions before completing your application. Good luck!

If you have questions about the application, you may e-mail them to us.

Roni Habib
MERIT Program Director

Steven McGriff, Ph.D.
Instructional Technologist [mcgriffsteven@foothill.edu]


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