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Empowering Educators – KCI’s MERIT Program and the Los Altos Town Crier 2023 Holiday Fund

December 8, 2023

In a recent article featured in the Los Altos Town Crier, the spotlight shone brightly on the Krause Center for Innovation’s (KCI) flagship professional learning program – MERIT (Making Education Relevant through Innovative Teaching). A cornerstone in educator development for over 23 years, MERIT has continuously evolved, driving advancements in teaching methodologies from its base at Foothill College.

This fund plays a vital role in supporting KCI’s ability to offer scholarships for the MERIT program. The donations are indispensable; without them, many educators and school districts would face challenges in affording these vital professional development opportunities.


Receiving support from the Los Altos Holiday Fund is not just a financial boost; it’s a reaffirmation of the community’s belief in our mission. This generosity enables us to continue empowering educators through the MERIT program, ensuring that we can provide transformative learning experiences for both teachers and students alike, said Executive Director Gay Krause.


A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching Excellence

MERIT’s approach is comprehensive and dynamic. Incorporating technology-driven learning activities, insights from expert guest speakers, and practical job-related tasks, the program is meticulously designed to enhance educational curricula. Its primary goal? To engage and inspire educators, equipping them to lead and educate a diverse range of students and future leaders.

KCI is actively reimagining MERIT’s future, aiming to support teachers further. Understanding the importance of growth in any profession, program organizers and alumni believe in the unique positioning of MERIT’s core principles and fundamentals for sustained educational impact. This is where financial support becomes crucial.

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