MERIT is open to certificated teachers and educators in California and a few select places in the program are reserved for international teachers.
Requirements of Participation
All MERIT Teachers complete the following requirements:
- Day 1 Program: Saturday, May 21, 2016 (8:30a - 3:30p) => Complete a 1-unit (12 hours total = 6 hours live and 6 hours online) MERIT class in May. Accepted participants attend one 6-hour class on a Saturday in May and complete the remaining six hours of the course online. For non-local participants, you will be able to join the 6-hour class using Blackboard Collaborize, and then complete the course requirements online. California residents are expected to pay Foothill College tuition fees for the course.
- Days 2-10 Summer Institute: Attend (and be on time for) all classes during the MERIT 2015 Summer Institute, July 5-8 and July 11-15; 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 for California residents.
- Complete online program evaluations and participate in interviews throughout the MERIT Program.
- Academic Year Program: Participate in 4 follow-up MERIT class days (Saturday dates TBD, typically September, October, January, February); California residents living outside of the San Francisco Bay Area can choose to complete this requirement through online activities/classes; These four sessions are really two one-credit unit courses, offered in Fall and Winter quarters; participants pay the course fees.
- Extend Learning: Complete 1 unit of KCI FASTtech classes (different than the MERIT classes) in the fall and 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 all of the 2 units in either Fall or Winter quarters to fulfill the program requirements.
- Professional Learning Extension: Earn 100 or more MERIT PD Points for educational 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!)
- Make Projects Happen: 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 $600 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 $600 stipend in March of the following academic year. The total stipend of $1200 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 Cost Sharing with the KCI
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 learning experience. The KCI will pay the course 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 2016 fees ($52 once-per-quarter basic fee plus $31 per unit), California MERIT teachers are expected to pay:
- 1 unit Spring MERIT Day 1 Class ($83 = 52 + 31)
- 1 unit Fall MERIT follow-up class ($83)
- 1 unit Fall FASTtech class(es) ($31, you don't pay the $52 basic fee again in the same quarter)
- 1 unit Winter MERIT follow-up class ($83 = 52 + 31)
- 1 unit Winter FASTtech class(es) of your choosing ($31, you don't pay the $52 basic fee again in the same quarter)
- 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 $311 plus parking fees. A real bargain, we believe this to be, for sure. For more information visit the Foothill College Fee Schedule
At the bottom of this page is the year-at-a-glance document, MERIT 2016 Overview, which provides a visual representation of the program requirements and milestones. Please review it to get a better sense of what the program entails and when major milestones occur