Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program
(TEA) Applications Now Being Accepted!
• Are you a full-time secondary school teacher of math, science, social science (including civics, history, geography, or social studies), or English?
• Do you have at least five years of teaching experience?
• Do you plan to teach for at least five more years?
• Could you pass the Institutional Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 450?
• If you teach English, are you actively involved in professional development activities?
IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS, THEN THE TEA PROGRAM MAY BE FOR YOU!
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. TEA will provide 156 secondary school teachers from around the world with opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. The international participants will travel to the United States in two groups of about 75 teachers each in spring or fall 2010. Their program will include coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and teaching strategies for the participants’ home environment, as well as the use of computers for Internet, word processing, and as teaching tools. The 6-week program will also include a 2-week internship at a secondary school to actively engage participants with American teachers and students. Trips to U.S. cultural sites and academic support will be provided for participants throughout the program.
In spring and summer 2011, a cohort of 78 U.S. teachers will reciprocate the visits of the international teachers. Each U.S. teacher will be hosted by a TEA alumni school in the participating country where they will team-teach, discuss best teaching practices, curriculum, and educational issues in the host country. The trip will include visits to local schools and parent committees, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and local government offices. TEA will provide follow-on grants to Russian finalists to purchase essential materials for their schools, to offer follow-on training for other teachers, and to conduct other activities that will build on their exchange experience.
The TEA fellowship is fully funded and provides J-1 visa support; a pre-departure orientation; round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.; academic program fees; housing (generally shared with other program fellows) and meals; accident and sickness coverage; book/professional development allowance; welcome orientation in Washington, D.C.; transportation to the internship school (if necessary); closing seminar; the opportunity to host a U.S. teacher for two weeks; the opportunity to apply for follow-on grants.
5 PM (Moscow Time) April 27, 2009
Applications can be downloaded at:
Send your completed application to: USGExchanges@gmail.com
There are places for Math, Science, Social Studies, AND English Teachers!