Master Educator Program

 

The Franklin Institute’s Master Educator Program develops educational leaders through in-depth professional development about the brain, the science of learning, innovation, and collaboration. Through this yearlong certification program, teams of K-12 teachers and administrators from districts across southeastern PA and NJ work collaboratively to implement impactful, research-based practices that maximize learning and engagement for their students, teachers, and communities.

 "This experience has been career-changing.  I can't say enough great things about it."
- Peter Leaming, 7th Grade Teacher, Klinger Middle School 

Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 program! Teams of 2-4 educators per organization are invited to submit one application per team to jskolnik@fi.edu by July 15, 2020.

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    • Four full-day professional development sessions (virtual or in-person, following safety guidelines)
    • One field trip for students to visit The Franklin Institute, up to $450 in value
    • Innovation showcase highlighting how Master Educators have used research-based strategies to improve student learning during the program
    • One-year family membership to The Franklin Institute
    • 20 Act 48 credits
    • Micro-certificate upon completion
    • Advance knowledge of current research in neuroscience, education, innovation, and STEM 
    • Build confidence and skills in using research-based teaching strategies with students and adults
    • Build a collaborative network of motivated educators across districts in the region
    • Become a leader in your school and district for using a research-based approach for educational decision-making
  • Participation in all four full-day professional development sessions and evening Innovation Showcase/Graduation Ceremony is mandatory. Events will be held either virtually or in-person according to guidelines from our organization, city, and state.  Dates are subject to change.

    Schedule

    August 11, 2020

    Session 1: The Science of Learning  (virtual)

    November 11, 2020

    Session 2: Be an Innovator (tentatively in-person)

    February 18, 2021

    Session 3: The Science of Struggle, Grit, and Mindset (tentatively in-person)

    April 15, 2021

    Session 4: Memorable Learning (tentatively in-person)

    Sept 2020-May 2021

    Student Field Trips and Team Innovation Testing

    May 26, 2021

    Innovation Showcase and Graduation Ceremony (tentatively in-person)

     

  • $1800 per participant

    Includes:  professional development sessions, program materials, food, parking, membership, and student field trip.  Transportation and food for the field trip are NOT included.

  • A team of 2-4 teachers and administrators from one school, district, or other educational institution is eligible to apply for the 2020-2021 Master Educator Program. All applicants must work together to complete all parts of the application, and submit all components of the application together via email to jskolnik@fi.edu by July 15, 2020. Competitive applications will include a mix of teachers and administrators, which can include principals, curriculum directors, site directors, or superintendents. Applicants will be notified about decisions by July 20, 2020. 

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  • Limited scholarships are available for high-need schools in Philadelphia, PA or Camden, NJ. Scholarships include reimbursement of up to $300 per Master Educator for transportation costs associated with the student field trip.  Interested educators should complete the scholarship application below.

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  • Contact:
    Julia Skolnik
    Assistant Director of Professional Development
    jskolnik@fi.edu