Pathfinders Summer Institute
Q: What key dates should I keep in mind for the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 applications?
Q: I'm interested in attending Pathfinders and I am a public school teacher. What do I need to do?
Please click "How to Apply" for application details. If you have additional questions regarding the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 application process, please contact the Pathfinders Team at: Pathfinders@InfosysFoundationUSAEvents.org or call 888-499-7700 or 736-447-3777. Hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Central Time, Monday thru Friday.
If you are active on social media, please consider joining the Pathfinders Facebook group to connect with the various PD providers and with fellow teachers from around the US.
Q: I'm getting an error when applying. What should I do?
If you have any questions regarding the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 application process, please contact the Pathfinders Team at: Pathfinders@InfosysFoundationUSAEvents.org or call 888-499-7700 or 736-447-3777. 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 on a default waitlist while they are being reviewed for acceptance into the virtual Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020. The deadline for applications for teachers raising funds through District/PTA/School or other is June 5, 2020. PD providers will review and accept teacher applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the better your odds are of being accepted into your course of choice.
Q: I'm a teacher at a private/international school—am I eligible to apply?
Applications from teachers at US private schools (including parochial schools) and international schools will be accepted IF there are open spots available in any given course once initial K-12 US public school teacher applications have been reviewed. This determination will be made after May 15, 2020. Please note that the teachers at private schools or international schools would NOT be eligible for match funding from Infosys Foundation USA and would be responsible for 100% of the fees. The cost to attend the Pathfinders Summer Institute is $1,015. This includes virtual conference registration costs, tuition and specific resources if applicable needed to participate.
Q: How long is the application review period?
The deadline for teachers who are raising funds through District/PTA/ School or other is June 5, 2020. PD providers will review and accept teacher applications on a rolling basis.
Special consideration will be given to the following applications:
The sooner you apply, the better your odds of being accepted into your course of choice.
Based on demand, we may not be able to accept all teachers who apply to the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020. Our last day for accepting teacher applications for those raising funds through District/PTA/School or other is June 5, 2020. It is possible that you may not receive notification of acceptance until that date, though you will likely hear back much sooner.
Q. My school is closed and I am unable to get a signature for the administrator letter of support. Am I still able to apply?
We understand that many schools and districts across the U.S. are closed due to COVID-19. You can download the Letter of Support and fill in all the necessary fields and email to your principal or administrator to have them digitally sign and email the letter from their official school address directly to Pathfinders@InfosysFoundationUSAEvents.org. Those emailed from personal emails will not be accepted.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
If a teacher cannot attend the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020, the cancellation policy follows the following rules:
Q: Is there a fee for attending the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020?
Pathfinders is designed to make it possible for teachers to receive high quality professional development.
Q: What is included in the Pathfinders fees?
Virtual conference costs, tuition and specific resources if applicable needed to participate in your selected virtual PD course are included in the total cost to attend the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020.
Q: How do I fund the remaining portion of the fee?
Once you receive email confirmation that you have been accepted into the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020, you can pursue one of the following two options to secure your funding:
(1) For School/District/PTA funded teachers - Infosys Foundation USA is funding 70% of the fees for teachers who are raising funds through their schools/districts/PTA. You are responsible for raising the remaining 30% of the cost for attending the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 by working with your school, district, or PTA. See Step 5A in How to Apply.
(2) For teachers raising funds through DonorsChoose (*This fundraising option is no longer applicable after May 15th) - Create a project on DonorsChoose and fundraise with matched donations from the Infosys Foundation USA. You will receive a 3X match offer from the Infosys Foundation USA tripling each donation you receive – that means a $100 donation becomes a $300 donation. See Step 5B in How to Apply.
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. You can log into the application system with your account credentials at any time to review the status of your application.
Q: Where will the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 classes take place?
In light of COVID-19, the Infosys Foundation USA is convening Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 'virtually'. Participating teachers will receive a code to log-into an interactive platform where the Institute will be delivered. We hope this creates more flexibility and a greater number of teachers who are able to attend.
Q: What can I expect to receive prior to participating?
About two weeks prior to the start of the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020, you will receive a “Know Before You Attend” email with everything you need to log-into the platform virtually where the Institute will be delivered. Based on your chosen course you may receive physical materials needed to participate. You will also receive a Guidance Document for how to participate virtually.
Q: What time do I need to log-on to the virtual Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020?
The Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 will begin with a 'virtual' Opening Ceremony on Sunday, July 19. Classes will convene virtually Monday, July 20- Friday 24. Please plan for full 7-8 hour days. An indicative agenda of curriculum delivery, break-out sessions, and fun social media community building activities, will be uploaded within 'Agenda' section and course specific schedules will be shared with you prior to the Institute.
Q: What social media is there for Pathfinders?
If you are active on social media, we invite you to join the Pathfinders Facebook group to connect with the various PD providers and with your fellow teachers from around the US and to find updates about the event.
We also encourage you to follow the Infosys Foundation USA on twitter @InfyFoundation.
Q: Is there an event hashtag for social channels?
Yes. We will be tweeting from @InfyFoundation using #InfyPathfinders. We will also use this on Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest channels, so please say hello.
At the Infosys Foundation USA, the safety and security of our teachers and professional development providers is our number one priority. With that in mind, we have decided to hold the Pathfinders Summer Institute virtually this year. Working closely with the PD Providers, we are committed to delivering an equally enriching virtual Pathfinders Institute experience to all our attendees.
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Q. Where can we find updates?
Please visit the Infosys Foundation USA Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 website for updates.
How to apply
For any queries related to Pathfinders Institute application process, please contact us at
Monday to Friday
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM CT
888-499-7700 or 763-447-3777