MERIT Program

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CA State Certificate of Achievement as an Educational Technology Specialist PLUS 12 Quarter Units from Foothill College

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The MERIT (Making Education Relevant through Innovative Teaching) program has been KCI’s premier professional learning program since 2002. MERIT is a research-based, professional learning program designed to help educators bolster their curriculum with new teaching methodologies and technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge, and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.

MERIT scholars are perpetually curious, driven, and have a hearty growth-mindset.

They take risks and dial into innovative trends, tools, and experiences that empower their local community. They embrace personal and professional agency and design inclusive and responsive learning environments as models for other educators.

Program Advantages:

  • Grant-funded professional learning – We keep educator’s budgets in mind.
  • Cohort-based Learning Model – Connect with an intimate group of educators impacting change right alongside each other.
  • Job-Embedded – Develop materials and projects you can use with your learners right now.
  • Community – Join a supportive, mentor-based community of like-minded individuals.

Is this program right for you?

  • Are you a curious classroom educator ready to uncover the innovative power or educational technology for you and your learners?
  • Are you an innovative school leader impacting extensive change and adoption in the area of educational technology?
  • Are you part of a site or district team looking to effect large-scale organizational growth for other instructors and educators?

Follow-Up Days

MERIT will be entirely in person at the Krause Center in Los Altos Hills, CA, on the following dates:

  • June 10-14, 2024
  • June 17-21, 2024
  • October 5, 2024
  • December 7, 2024
  • February 1, 2025
  • March 8, 2025

Program Instructors

  • Sarah Williams
    Sarah Williams
    MTSS Teacher on Special Assignment
    Sarah Williams is the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Teacher on Special Assignment at Union School District in San Jose, California. Her role is to support MTSS and PBIS implementation throughout the district. She is also a Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project induction mentor for the district. She believes school should be an inclusive…

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