Since 2001, the MERIT Program has been a staple at The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. MERIT, Making Education Relevant through Innovative Teaching, has become synonymous with developing innovative teaching practices, affordable professional learning, and technology-enhanced pedagogy for educators across the state of California.
The MERIT Program was recently featured in the Los Altos Town Crier, a local newspaper serving the Los Altos community. MERIT is a “yearlong training that starts each spring, includes a two-week intensive summer institute, continues with follow-up classes in the fall and winter quarters and culminates in a graduation and optional project the following spring.” (Los Altos Town Crier, 2021)
The program – which serves educators, administrators, and educational leaders alike – focuses on “leveling up” those who are searching for new and exciting ways to enhance their professionalism and pedagogy, while working with other educators to focus on technology’s possibilities with creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
Participants don’t just walk away with a newfound appreciation for innovative EdTech practices. They are also eligible to receive a California Certificate of Achievement as an Education Technology Specialist, as well as earn 12 Foothill College continuing education quarter units.