MERIT: Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology
MERIT is open to certificated teachers and educators in California and a few select places are reserved for international teachers.
Requirements of participation
All MERIT Teachers complete the following requirements:
- Complete a 1-unit (12 hours total = 3 hours live and 9 hours online) MERIT orientation class in May. Accepted participants attend one 3-hour class on a Saturday and complete the remaining 9-hours of the course online. For distant California participants, you will be able to join the 3-hour class using Blackboard Collaborize, and then complete the course requirements online. You are expected to pay Foothill College tuition fees for the course.
- Attend (and be on time for) all classes during the MERIT 2015 Summer Institute, July 6-10 and July 13-July 17; Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm at the Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. The KCI will pay all tuition and academic fees for the 5-units of course credit earned in the Summer Institute.
- Complete online program evaluations and participate in interviews throughout the MERIT Program.
- Participate in 4 follow-up MERIT class days (Saturday dates TBD, typically September, October, January, February); those living outside of the San Francisco Bay Area will complete this requirement through online activities/classes; These four sessions are really two one-credit unit courses, offered in Fall and Winter quarters; you pay the course fees.
- Complete 1 unit of KCI FASTtech classes (different than the MERIT classes) in the fall quarter (one 1-unit or two half-unit classes); California residents living outside of the San Francisco Bay Area can complete this requirement through online activities/classes. Alternately, you could complete 2 units this quarter to fulfill the program requirements.
- Complete 1 unit of KCI classes (different than the MERIT classes) in the winter quarter (one 1-unit or two half-unit classes); California residents living outside of the San Francisco Bay Area can complete this requirement through online activities/classes. Alternately, you could complete 2 units this quarter to fulfill the program requirements.
- Earn 100 or more MERIT Points of technology professional development above/beyond enrollment in KCI classes. Earn MERIT Points for edtech conference attendance, contest judging, submitting an entry to the NextVista for Learning Web site, and more. See the MERIT Program Overview diagram for more information.
- Mentor colleagues on the use of educational technology (earns MERIT Points!)
- Implement five (5) or more technology projects you design and develop as part of the MERIT program
with your students.
- Evaluate and report on implemented projects
Upon completion of the MERIT Summer Institute, California participants will receive a $750 stipend (with apologies to International participants, who are not eligible to receive the stipend). When all academic year program requirements are completed, California participants will receive another $750 stipend in March of the following academic year. The total stipend of $1500 will be paid in two installments to California participants only. Note: This may be taxable income for you. You should consult with a tax adviser for the implications on your particular financial situation.
MERIT Teacher Professional Development Cost Sharing
I'm sure you noticed the fees you are expected to pay for taking MERIT program classes. MERIT Teachers become partners with the KCI in providing a rich professional development experience. The KCI will pay the tuition fees for 5-units of college credit earned during the two-week MERIT Summer Institute and the parking fees. These are quarter units, not semester units. Based on the Foothill College Winter 2014 fees ($47 once-per-quarter basic fee plus $31 per unit), California MERIT teachers are expected to pay:
- 1 unit Spring MERIT Orientation Class ($78)
- 1 unit Fall MERIT follow-up class ($78)
- 1 unit Fall FASTtech class(es) ($31, you don't pay the $47 basic fee again in the same quarter)
- 1 unit Winter MERIT follow-up class ($78)
- 1 unit Winter FASTtech class(es) of your choosing ($31)
- parking fees per car per day are $3
The estimated total cost for California residents to participate in the MERIT professional development experience is estimated at $296 plus parking fees. A real bargain, we believe this to be. For more information visit the Foothill College Fee Schedule page
Attached below is the year-at-a-glance document, MERIT 2015 Overview, for a visual representation of the program requirements and milestones. Please give it a look to get a better sense of what the program entails.
Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill College • 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 • krauseinnovationcenter.org • 650-949-7680