Master Educator Program


The Franklin Institute’s Master Educator Program develops skilled preK-12 teachers, administrators, and informal educators through in-depth professional development about the science of learning.  Through this year-long program, participants work collaboratively to implement impactful, research-based practices that maximize students’ learning.

 "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 closed for our 2019/2020 cohort. Please check back in Spring 2020 for applications for our 2020/2021 cohort!

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    • Four full-day professional development sessions at The Franklin Institute
    • Escape room team-building experience
    • 1-year membership to The Franklin Institute
    • field trip for a class of up to 35 students plus chaperones
    • 20 ACT 48 credits
    • Micro-certificate upon completion
    • Advance knowledge of current research in neuroscience, cognitive science, education, and STEM skills
    • Enrich and refine skills in developing curriculum and leading training for others
    • Build a collaborative network of educators within and across districts in the region
    • Become a leader in your school and district for implementing research-based practices for student learning
  • All professional development sessions are five hours in length, and attendance is mandatory.  Dates are subject to change based on availability


    July 30, 2019 Session 1: The Science of Learning
    October 24, 2019 Session 2: Mindset and Motivation
    January 23, 2020 Session 3: Be an Innovator
    March 12, 2020 Session 4: Memorable Learning
    February-May, 2020 Student Field Trips and Project Implementation
    May 13, 2020 Graduation and Project Showcase
  • $1650 per participant

    Includes:  PD sessions, food, parking, membership, and student field trip (if applicable).  Transportation and food for the field trip are NOT included.

  • Administrators are invited to submit one application on behalf of teams of 2-6 teachers and administrators from a school, district, or other educational institution. Competitive applications will include at least one teacher and one administrator, and explain a strong rationale for why this team will implement innovative practices together in this program. Applications are now closed for our 2019/2020 cohort. Please check back in Spring 2020 for applications for our 2020/2021 cohort! Please contact Julia Skolnik at for more information.

  • Limited scholarships are available for public, charter, and parochial schools in Philadelphia, PA or Camden, NJ. Scholarships include additional support for field trip transportation and substitution coverage. Complete the final page of the application to be considered for a scholarship.

  • Contact:
    Julia Skolnik
    Assistant Director of Professional Development