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MERIT Instructor Application

MERIT: Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology

The MERIT Program of the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College, Los Altos, California is seeking applicants for the MERIT 2015 Instructional Team. Applications for instructors are due, Sunday, December 21, 2015, 11:59pm.

MERIT is a successful yearlong, educational technology-focused, professional development program for teachers. It has a long record of helping teachers see new possibilities for their students and themselves through the innovative use of technology. MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) is built on a research-base and infused with characteristics of high quality professional development programs. For detailed information about MERIT, review the program Web site.

Krause Center for Innovation

The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College (KCI), Los Altos Hills, CA, provides educational technology classes, training programs, and events for educators seeking excellence in educational professional development.  The core values of the KCI are: Innovate, Educate, Empower.

Characteristics of the MERIT instructor
Interested applicants for MERIT instructor will embody the core values of the KCI and should:
  • Have a positive and successful track record of creative use of technology in an educational setting (innovate)
  • Be able to work with teacher participants across multiple grades (educate)
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with the MERIT Instructional Team (empower)
  • Convey insight and enthusiasm for creativity and innovation in teaching and learning with technology and pedagogical practices (educate)
  • Be able to use a wide variety of tools and resources and how to implement them in classroom contexts (innovate)
  • Be able to mentor and intellectually challenge colleagues (empower)

Responsibilities and Duties
Working under the direction of the MERIT Program Director, the MERIT 2015 Instructional Team will meet 3-5 times during the winter and spring quarters to analyze and design the MERIT Summer Institute program (July 7-July 18, 2014) held at the KCI at Foothill College.  In these meetings the team will develop the MERIT program objectives, curriculum, and program activities. Additional time for curriculum development and preparation is expected of each instructor to prepare for the summer sessions.

During the Summer Institute, instructors will lead instructional activities and mini-teams, teach workshop and conference-style sessions, mentor participants, evaluate progress of the program and share insights and formative program assessments with the director and Teacher-in-Residence. Instructor team debriefings are held at the end of each day of the summer institute. All instructors are expected to contribute to the writing of the summer institute evaluation report.

Instructors are expected to effectively understand and support the MERIT program goals, objectives, and teacher participant requirements; demonstrate a high level of professionalism as a model for teacher participants; and contribute to a dynamic, constructive, and collaborative instructional team attitude.

  • Attend 3-5 instructor team meetings in winter and spring quarters (dates TBD)
  • Review applications in late January or early February for the MERIT cohort
  • Design and develop lessons, program and curricular materials for Summer Institute
  • Available to teach and lead multiple sessions and participate in team meetings during the two-week (10-day) MERIT Summer Institute, July 6-July 17, 2015, 7:30am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Complete program evaluations during the MERIT Summer Institute
  • Assess teacher participant learning outcomes
  • Contribute to writing the post program report

Compensation and Expectations 
Members of the instructional team are independent contractors and will be required to be present during the Summer Institute at least three consecutive days of the ten days.  Instructors are expected to have high expectations of themselves and the participants and be prepared to push participants beyond their comfort zones in order to help them develop new talents and a stronger sense of professionalism.

Instructors working as independent contractors must have a bachelor’s degree and relevant experience in instructional design and technology. Independent contractors will receive technology tools (valued about $200) and compensation.  Those accepted as independent contractors will need to work with the MERIT Program Director in the spring regarding which days they will be responsible for teaching during the Summer Institute. The work of an independent contractor instructor will primarily occur during the MERIT Summer Institute.

All instructors must demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.

Those applying are highly, strongly, and emphatically encouraged to understand the MERIT Program information available on the Web at:

To apply, please complete the application form below and email your resume to Mrs. Main and Dr. McGriff using their e-mail addresses, below. Submitting your application early will be favorably factored into our consideration.

To apply, please click here:
Instructor Application - MERIT 2015

Applications are due Sunday, December 21, 11:59pm.

If you have questions about the MERIT instructor team, feel free to contact us.

Dr. Steven McGriff
Krause Center for Innovation