Master Educator Program


The Franklin Institute’s Master Educator Program develops educational leaders through in-depth professional development about the brain, the science of learning, innovation, and collaboration. Through this yearlong certification program, teams of K-12 teachers and administrators from districts across southeastern PA and NJ work collaboratively to implement impactful, research-based practices that maximize learning and engagement for their students, teachers, and communities.

 "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 open for the 2020-2021 program! Teams of 2-4 educators per organization are invited to submit one application per team to by July 15, 2020.

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    • Four full-day professional development sessions (virtual or in-person, following safety guidelines)
    • One field trip for students to visit The Franklin Institute, up to $450 in value
    • Innovation showcase highlighting how Master Educators have used research-based strategies to improve student learning during the program
    • One-year family membership to The Franklin Institute
    • 20 Act 48 credits
    • Micro-certificate upon completion
    • Advance knowledge of current research in neuroscience, education, innovation, and STEM 
    • Build confidence and skills in using research-based teaching strategies with students and adults
    • Build a collaborative network of motivated educators across districts in the region
    • Become a leader in your school and district for using a research-based approach for educational decision-making
  • Participation in all four full-day professional development sessions and evening Innovation Showcase/Graduation Ceremony is mandatory. Events will be held either virtually or in-person according to guidelines from our organization, city, and state.  Dates are subject to change.


    August 11, 2020

    Session 1: The Science of Learning  (virtual)

    November 11, 2020

    Session 2: Be an Innovator (tentatively in-person)

    February 18, 2021

    Session 3: The Science of Struggle, Grit, and Mindset (tentatively in-person)

    April 15, 2021

    Session 4: Memorable Learning (tentatively in-person)

    Sept 2020-May 2021

    Student Field Trips and Team Innovation Testing

    May 26, 2021

    Innovation Showcase and Graduation Ceremony (tentatively in-person)


  • $1800 per participant

    Includes:  professional development sessions, program materials, food, parking, membership, and student field trip.  Transportation and food for the field trip are NOT included.

  • A team of 2-4 teachers and administrators from one school, district, or other educational institution is eligible to apply for the 2020-2021 Master Educator Program. All applicants must work together to complete all parts of the application, and submit all components of the application together via email to by July 15, 2020. Competitive applications will include a mix of teachers and administrators, which can include principals, curriculum directors, site directors, or superintendents. Applicants will be notified about decisions by July 20, 2020. 

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  • Limited scholarships are available for high-need schools in Philadelphia, PA or Camden, NJ. Scholarships include reimbursement of up to $300 per Master Educator for transportation costs associated with the student field trip.  Interested educators should complete the scholarship application below.

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  • Contact:
    Julia Skolnik
    Assistant Director of Professional Development