Q: What key dates should I keep in mind for the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2021 applications?
Q: I am a public school teachers interested in attending the Pathfinders Summer Institute. What do I need to do?
Please click "How to Apply" for application details. If you have additional questions regarding the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2021 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: I'm getting an error when applying. What should I do?
If you have any questions regarding the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2021 application process, please contact the Pathfinders Team at: Pathfinders@InfosysFoundationUSAEvents.org or call 888-4997700 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, on a rolling basis by PD Providers. The deadline for acceptance into a course is May 14, 2021. The sooner you apply, the better your odds are of acceptance into your course of choice. Please note that acceptance into a course does not guarantee you a confirmed seat. Confirmation to attend occurs once you are fully funded through DonorsChoose or through your district/school/PTA/self.
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 17, 2021. 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 2021 is $969. This includes virtual conference registration costs, tuition and specific resources/materials (as applicable by course).
Q: How long is the application review period?
The deadline for program acceptance is May 14, 2021. 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 2021. The application deadline for teachers is May 14, 2021 at 5:00pm EST. 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 Administrator Letter of Support and fill in all the necessary fields and email to your principal or administrator for their digital signature. Please then upload the digitally signed letter to your application.
Q. What is your cancellation policy?
If a teacher cannot attend the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2021, the cancellation policy is as follows:
Q: Is there a fee for attending the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2021?
Pathfinders is designed to make it possible for teachers to receive high quality professional development.
Q: What is included in the fees?
Virtual conference costs, tuition and specific resources/materials (as applicable to your selected virtual PD course) are included in the total cost to attend the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2021.
Q: How do I fund the remaining portion of the fees?
Once you receive email confirmation that you have been accepted into the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2021, 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 raise funds through their schools/districts/PTA or pay directly out-of-pocket. Applicants are responsible for raising the remaining 30% of the cost for attending the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2021 by working with your school, district, or PTA. See Step 5A in How to Apply.
(2) For teachers raising funds through DonorsChoose - Create and submit a project on DonorsChoose before 11:59pm EST on May 17, 2021 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 2021 classes take place?
The Institute will be convened 'virtually'. Upon acceptance, teachers will be invited directly to access the virtual campus where all classes will be held.
Q: What can I expect to receive prior to participating?
The week of July 5-9, 2021, you will receive a “Know Before You Attend” email with everything you need to virtually log-into the Pathfinders Summer Institute 2021 platform where the classes will be delivered. Further, based upon your course, you may receive materials/resources that will be sent directly to the address you provide in your Application. Additionally, 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 2021?
The Pathfinders Summer Institute will kick-off with a 'virtual' Opening Ceremony on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Please reference the Agenda for further details.
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 fellow teachers from across 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?
For any queries related to the 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