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How It Works

If you would like to apply for Pathfinders Summer Institute, please follow the steps below (you can print it out and use it as a check list as well).

  • Special note: For all Indiana teachers interested in a Code.org professional learning program from Nextech, please DO NOT start the Pathfinders application. Instead, go directly to the Code.org application located here.
  • Review course listing and identify program which best suits your needs.
  • Check latest course demand report to view current demand for your preferred course(s). Note that courses marked as ‘High Demand’ or ‘Over-subscribed’ may be more competitive.
  • Download Administrator Letter of Support for your PD program of choice. Please note each letter is adjacent to the respective course description.
  • Copy/paste Administrator Letter of Support language onto your School/District letterhead.
  • Fill in all necessary fields noted by << >>.
  • Print a hard copy and have school principal or authorized district administrator sign it.
  • Scan signed support letter.
  • Save as PDF (e.g. LASTName_FIRSTName_AdministratorLetterofSupport.pdf)
  • Keep PDF handy during application process as you will need to upload it.
  • Collect your school’s data from National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); Enter in your school’s name, city, state to find your school’s information.
  • Keep this data handy during the application process as you will be required to enter it.
  • Click "Apply Now" orange button on homepage
  • Create account to begin online application.
  • Be sure to save your account credentials.
  • Complete all necessary fields.
  • Upload signed Administrator Letter of Support where requested.
  • Enter school data where requested. Please copy/paste school name, address, district name, exactly as shown by NCES. Enter other school demographic data as shown. (E.g. enrollment characteristics on locale, student populations by race/ethnicity, gender breakdown, free lunch/reduced-price lunch eligible).
  • Submit completed application form.
  • Add Pathfinders@InfosysFoundationUSAEvents.org and foundation.usa@infosys.com to your “safe senders” list to ensure communications do not get caught in your spam filter.
  • Check your email for receipt of your application. Save this email and your confirmation number since you will need it for revisiting your application at any time.
  • Log into the application system at any time to review the status of your application.
  • Check your email for notification of acceptance. Please note that:
    • All applications (including yours) will be immediately placed on a default waitlist while under review. Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis based on priority categories including: high-needs schools, schools outside major urban centers, teachers at schools with significant under-represented student populations, teachers new to teaching CS and Making, and districts demonstrating significant commitment to these subjects by sending multiple teachers or counselors.
    • Based on demand, we may not be able to accept all teachers who apply to Pathfinders. Our last day for accepting teachers into a Pathfinders course is April 27th, 2018. It is possible that you may not receive notification of acceptance until that date, though you will likely hear back much sooner.
  • Save all attachments from your notification of acceptance email. Your email will have two invoices, one for funding from your school, district, or PTA (Step 4A below) and the other for funding via DonorsChoose.org (Step 4B below).
  • Upon acceptance, 50% of your Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018 fees will be paid by Infosys Foundation USA to cover half of your airfare, airport transfers, conference meals, accommodation, tuition, and if applicable, post-training support.
  • Realize that you are expected to raise 50% of matching funds to attend Pathfinders. This could range from $999 - $1,149 depending on the PD program you have chosen.
  • Work with your school principal, district, or PTA to secure these 50% matching funds.
  • Provide school, district or PTA the appropriate invoice (included with your notification of acceptance email) along with instructions on how to remit payment.
  • Secure and submit your 50% funding no later than Friday, June 1, 2018 to ensure your participation.
  • If you are successful with this funding option, skip ahead to Step 5.
  • If you are unable to get funds from your school, district, or PTA, your other option is to create a project on DonorsChoose.org and fundraise with matched donations from Infosys Foundation USA. You’ll need the appropriate invoice (included with your notification of acceptance email) if you request funding through DonorsChoose.org.
  • Learn how to create a project for matched donations from Infosys Foundation USA here.
  • The last day to create a DonorsChoose.org project is May 4, 2018.
  • Create and post your PD project on DonorsChoose.org to attend Pathfinders.
  • Note that the project will need to be fully funded by Friday, June 1, 2018 to ensure your participation.
  • Check your email for confirmation that your funding is complete.
  • Expect a follow up email starting the week of April 23 with your travel arrangements.
  • Review and approve your flights within 24 hours.
  • Print out email (to be sent 2 weeks prior to start of event) with everything you need to know before arriving, including classroom details, room details, etc.
  • Update your rooming preferences at this time.

FAQs

Q: What is included in the Pathfinders fees?

Tuition, post-training support (where applicable), as well as accommodation, conference meals, and transportation (airfare, airport transfers, etc.). Pathfinders has been designed to make it possible for any teacher to apply. As such, an estimated average transportation cost per teacher pricing has been standardized and bundled across all participants, as to not penalize those teachers traveling from distant or remote locations. For example, a teacher’s Pathfinders fee would be the same, regardless if flying from a remote location such as Anchorage, AK or driving from a town within Indiana to the IU Bloomington campus. This equitable approach is in alignment with the Foundation’s mission to inspire children, young adults, and educators to become creators of technology---and specifically expanding professional development and training for educators around the US, especially those from high needs schools.

Q: I am a teacher living in Indiana. Will my Pathfinders fee be reduced since I am driving to Bloomington and not flying?

No. All the fees have been standardized*. For those driving to the IU campus, you will receive a parking pass for your vehicle for self-parking. *To make it possible for any teacher to apply to Pathfinders, an estimated average transportation cost per teacher pricing was standardized and bundled across all participants, as to not penalize those teachers traveling from distant or remote locations. For example, a teacher’s Pathfinders fee would be the same, regardless if flying from a remote location such as Anchorage, AK or driving from a town within Indiana to the IU Bloomington campus. This equitable approach is in alignment with the Foundation’s mission to inspire children, young adults, and educators to become creators of technology, and expanding professional development and training for educators across the US, especially those from high needs schools.

Q: I'm interested in attending Pathfinders and I am a public school teacher. What do I need to do?

Review the course listings and identify which program best suits your professional development needs. Check latest course demand report to view current demand for your preferred course(s). Note that courses marked as ‘High Demand’ or ‘Over-subscribed’ may be more competitive. Once you decide on which course to apply for, you’ll need to 1) prepare an Administrator Letter of Support and 2) collect your school’s demographic data. See "How It Works" section for application details. Once you have an electronic copy of your signed Administrator Letter of Support and your school’s demographic data, you are ready to begin the on-line application process by clicking the Apply Now on homepage.

If you are active on social media, consider joining the Pathfinders Facebook group to connect with the various PD providers and with your fellow teachers from around the US.

Q: I'm getting an error when applying.

If you have any questions regarding the Pathfinders Summer Institute application process, please contact the Pathfinders team at: Pathfinders@InfosysFoundationUSAEvents.org or call 888-499-7700 or 736-447-3777. Customer Service hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Central Time, Monday thru Friday.

Q: Will I receive a confirmation once I apply?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email once you successfully complete your application. All applications will immediately be placed in a default waitlist while they are being reviewed.

NOTE ABOUT PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE:
The deadline has been extended to April 27th. Several professional development programs are reviewing and accepting teacher applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the better your odds of being accepted into your program of choice.

Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis based on priority categories including:

  • High-needs schools
  • Schools outside major urban centers
  • Teachers at schools with significant under-represented student populations
  • Teachers new to teaching CS and Making, and
  • Districts demonstrating significant commitment to CS/Making by sending multiple teachers

Q: I'm a teacher at a private school—am I eligible to apply?

Pathfinders will accept applications from teachers at US private schools (including parochial schools) IF there are open spots available in any given course once initial public school teacher applications have been collected. We would be able to make this determination after April 27th, 2018. Please note that the teachers at private schools would not be eligible for match funding from Infosys Foundation USA and would be responsible for 100% of the fees. Pathfinders fees vary from $1,998 to $2,298 depending on program and include airfare, airport transfers, meals, accommodation, tuition, and post-training support (where applicable).

Q: How long will it take until I am accepted?

All applications (including yours) will be immediately placed on a default waitlist while under review. Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis based on priority categories including: high-needs schools, schools outside major urban centers, teachers at schools with significant under-represented student populations, teachers new to teaching CS and Making, and districts demonstrating significant commitment to these subjects by sending multiple teachers or counselors.

NOTE ABOUT PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE:
Several professional development programs are reviewing and accepting teacher applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the better your odds of being accepted into your program of choice.

Based on demand, we may not be able to accept all teachers who apply to Pathfinders. Our last day for accepting teachers into a Pathfinders course is April 27th, 2018. It is possible that you may not receive notification of acceptance until that date, though you will likely hear back much sooner.

Q: Is there a fee for attending Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018?

Pathfinders has been designed to make it possible for teachers like you to receive high quality professional development at no cost to you. Pathfinders fees vary from $1,998 to $2,298 depending on program. Infosys Foundation USA is funding 50% of these fees. You are responsible for raising the remaining 50% of fees for attending Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018. Note that if you are applying for Exploring Computer Science (ECS), the remaining 50% of fees are automatically covered thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.

Q: What is included in the Pathfinders fees?

Airfare, airport transfers, conference meals, accommodation, tuition, and post-training support (where applicable).

Q: How do I fund the remaining 50% of the fee?

Once you receive an email confirmation that you have been accepted into Pathfinders, you can pursue one of two options:

(1) Work with your school, district, or PTA to secure the 50% matching funds. See Step 4A in How It Works.

(2) Create a project on DonorsChoose.org and fundraise with matched donations from Infosys Foundation USA. See Step 4B in How It Works.

Q: I'm a public school teacher from Indiana and am interested in applying for one of the Code.org courses (Computer Science Discoveries or Computer Science Principles). What do I need to do?

All Indiana teachers that apply for Code.org courses (Computer Science Discoveries or Computer Science Principles) will need to follow a separate application process, and you can start here. These Code.org courses will enable Indiana-only teachers to benefit from a 100% grant. These Code.org course offerings are reserved for Indiana-based teachers at public K-12 schools and will be taught by Nextech at Pathfinders.

Q: I'm a public school teacher and am interested in applying for one of the Code.org courses (Computer Science Discoveries or Computer Science Principles) but I am not from Indiana. What do I need to do?

These course are only offered to Indiana-based teachers so if you are from another state, please apply for another course.

Q: How will I know my funding is approved (or not yet approved)?

Once your funding is approved, an email will be sent confirming receipt of your funding. You can log in to the application system with your account credentials at any time to review the status of your application.

Q: Who will take care of my travel arrangements?

The Pathfinders team will contact you about and reserve flights for you. This should occur beginning the week of April 23rd after you’ve been notified that all your funding has been confirmed. Travel will be arranged from your home town to Indianapolis Airport. You will have 24 hours to review and approve your flights. Airport ground transfers to Indiana University Bloomington campus will also be arranged.

About 2 weeks prior to the start of Pathfinders you will receive an email with everything you need to know before arriving. You may also update your room preferences at this time. Given the immersive and all-inclusive on-campus experience, you do not need a car during Pathfinders Summer Institute. Scheduled airport bus service will be arranged.

Q: I am a teacher living in Indiana. Will my Pathfinders fee be reduced since I am driving to Bloomington and not flying?

No. All the fees have been standardized. You will get a parking pass for your vehicle on the campus for self-parking.

Q: What time do I need to arrive at Pathfinders Summit Institute?

Pathfinders will begin on Sunday, July 15th with afternoon check-in at Forest Residence Center, 1725 East Third St., Bloomington, Indiana followed by a welcome dinner. A more formal agenda will be shared.

Q: Where will I stay?

All the teachers will be staying on the Indiana University Bloomington campus in dorms. Each person will have a roommate. Rooming lists will be created about two weeks prior to the start of the event.

Q: What is the weather like and what is dress code?

Typically sunny, the weather in Bloomington, Indiana mid-July is considered the warmest, temperatures in Bloomington typically range from 67°F to 85°F. You are encouraged to dress in casual layers (sweater, jacket, and shawl/scarf) and wear walking shoes or sneakers to traverse the campus. For the teaching portion July 16-20, the dress code will be casual. For the opening dinner on Sunday July 15, formal/cocktail attire is recommended.

Q: What social media is there for Pathfinders?

If you are active on social media, we would love for you to consider joining the Pathfinders Facebook group to connect with the various PD providers and with your fellow teachers from around the US.

Q: Is there an event hashtag for social channels?

Yes! We will be tweeting from @InfyFoundation using #InfyPathfinders. We will use this on Facebook and Pinterest channels, so please say hello.

Contact

If you have questions regarding the Pathfinders Summer Institute application, please contact the Pathfinders team at: Pathfinders@InfosysFoundationUSAEvents.org or call 888-499-7700 or 763-447-3777. Customer Service hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Central Time, Monday thru Friday.

If you are active on social media, consider joining the Pathfinders Facebook group to connect with various PD providers and with your fellow teachers from around the US.

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