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Requirements of Participants

MERIT: Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology

All MERIT Teachers commit to the following: 

  1. Complete a 1-unit (12 hours total = 3 hours live and 9 hours online) MERIT orientation class in the spring quarter Saturday, May 3, 2014. California resident participants attend one 3-hour class on a Saturday and complete the remainder of the course online. For the US and International participants, you will be able to join the 3-hour class using Blackboard Collaborize, and then complete the course requirements online. California resident participants pay Foothill College tuition fees for the course. If non-California participants wish to earn college credit for MERIT, please contact Steve McGriff for the details and costs.  
  2. attend (and be on time for) all classes during the Summer Institute, July 7-11 and July 14-July 18); Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm at the Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
  3. complete online program evaluations and participate in interviews throughout the MERIT Program
CALIFORNIA MERIT TEACHERS ONLY complete the following requirements
  1. accumulate 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.
  2. 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; earn 1 unit of credit per class per quarter paid by California resident participants
  3. complete 1 unit of KCI classes (different than the MERIT classes) in the fall quarter of 2014 (one 1-unit or two half-unit classes); California residents living outside of the San Francisco Bay Area will complete this requirement through online activities/classes
  4. complete 1 unit of KCI classes (different than the MERIT classes) in the winter quarter of 2015 (one 1-unit or two half-unit classes); California residents living outside of the San Francisco Bay Area will complete this requirement through online activities/classes;
  5. mentor colleagues on the use of educational technology (earns MERIT Points!)
  6. implement five (5) or more technology projects you design and develop as part of the MERIT program with your students
  7. evaluate and report on implemented projects

MERIT Rewards

Upon completion of the MERIT Summer Institute, California participants will receive a $750 stipend.  After properly completing the remaining requirements, California participants will receive another $750 stipend in the spring of 2015.  The total stipend of $1500 will be paid in two installments to California participants only 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

MERIT Teachers become partners with the KCI in providing a rich professional development experience. For California participants, 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.

MERIT Teachers who are California residents pay fees for courses. 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
    • OPTIONAL: If Non-California residents (US and international) want to earn college credit, fees are much higher at $135.00 per unit in addition to the $47 basic fees. International students pay additional fees. For more information visit the Foothill College Fee Schedule page.

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.

Attached below is the year-at-a-glance document, MERIT 2014 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 • • 650-949-7680
Steven McGriff,
Dec 5, 2013, 10:03 PM