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 a public school teacher from Indiana and am interested in applying to one of the Code.org courses (CS Principles or CS Discoveries). What do I need to do?
All Indiana teachers who apply to a Code.org course will need to follow a separate application process. You can start here.
Code.org courses will enable Indiana-only teachers to benefit from a grant, which covers 100% of the cost of participation in the Pathfinders Summer Institute. This Code.org course offering is reserved for Indiana-based public school teachers.
Q: I'm a public school teacher interested in applying to one of the Code.org courses (CS Principles or CS Discoveries) but I am not from Indiana. What do I need to do?
These courses are only offered to Indiana-based teachers. If you are from another state, please apply to another course.
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 Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020. The deadline for program acceptance is May 15, 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 $1,998. This includes airfare, airport transfers, meals, accommodation, and tuition. International schoolteachers will be responsible for their own airfare.
Q: How long is the application review period?
The deadline for program acceptance is May 15, 2020. We encourage PD providers to 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 teachers into a Pathfinders course is May 15, 2020. 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 the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020?
Pathfinders is designed to make it possible for teachers to receive high quality professional development at no cost to you.
Q: What is included in the Pathfinders fees?
Airfare, airport transfers, conference meals, accommodation, and tuition 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 - 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: I am a teacher living in Indiana. Will my Pathfinders fee be reduced since I am driving to Bloomington and not flying?
Unfortunately, not. To ensure equity across all teachers that apply to Pathfinders, an estimated average transportation cost per teacher was standardized and bundled across all participants, so as not to penalize teachers traveling from distant or remote locations. Those driving to Bloomington will receive a parking pass for your vehicle.
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?
Courses will take place at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
Q: Who will take care of my travel arrangements?
The Pathfinders Team will contact you about your preference for flight reservation. This should occur beginning the week of May 1, 2020 after you’ve been notified that all of your funding has been confirmed. Travel will be arranged from your hometown to Indianapolis, IN. You will have 24 hours to review and approve your flights arrangements. Airport ground transfers to Bloomington will also be arranged.
About two weeks prior to the start of the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020, you will receive a “Know Before You Go” email with everything you need to know before arriving. Given the immersive and all-inclusive experience, you do not need a car during the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020. Scheduled airport shuttle service will be arranged.
Q: What time do I need to arrive at Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020?
The Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 will begin on Sunday, July 19 with afternoon check-in at our registration desk in Forest hall. Registration will be followed by an Opening Ceremony. An indicative agenda is uploaded within ‘Agenda’ section.
Q: Where will I stay?
Q: What is the weather like and what is dress code?
The weather in mid-July in Bloomington, IN averages 66°F - 86°F. Dress code for the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 is casual and we recommend dressing in layers to stay comfortable when outside in the summer but adjust for temperatures that may fluctuate in the classrooms.
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. While we understand the growing concern around Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country, as of now we are planning to move ahead with the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2020 as planned. We are in regular contact with Indiana University Bloomington and PDs, and are following advice from local authorities and the CDC to ensure that all attendees are safe and secure while attending Pathfinders.
Should this status change, we will notify all attendees and post updates to our website, social media channels and here. In the meantime, please find answers to specific questions in the FAQ below. If any of your concerns are not addressed, please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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