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Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

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  • Evelyn Izquierdo
    Hi dear all!   Is there a Webhead in any of the countries mentioned below? If so, he or she might take advantage of this opportunity.   Regards,  
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      Hi dear all!
      Is there a Webhead in any of the countries mentioned below? If so, he or she might take advantage of this opportunity.
      Evelyn Izquierdo
      Universidad Central de Venezuela

      Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)
      Program Application for International Teachers
      The U.S. Department of State and IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board) announce an open competition for secondary-level teachers of English as a Foreign Language and social sciences for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA). TEA will bring outstanding secondary teachers from Eurasia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere to the United States for a 6-week professional development program that seeks to:
      ·         Enhance teachers’ expertise in their teaching discipline and equip them with a better understanding of best practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and the use of technology in teaching.
      ·         Create among educators a better understanding of the U.S.
      ·         Develop lasting relationships and mutual understanding between U.S. and international teachers and their students.
      ·         Contribute to improving teaching in participating countries by preparing participants to serve as teacher leaders who, upon returning home, will apply their knowledge and share their experience and skills with their peers and students.
      If you are from one of the following countries please check with your U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission regarding the deadline date as deadlines may vary from country to country.

      ·         Cambodia
      ·         Colombia
      ·         Guatemala
      ·         Honduras
      ·         Haiti
      ·         Nicaragua
      ·         Senegal
      ·         El Salvador

      Please return completed applications to U.S. Embassy/ Fulbright Commission in your country.
      For applicants from Eurasian and South Asian countries, please check the IREX website for the application for TEA- Eurasia and South Asia

      Note: Applications are also available on-line at http://www.irex.org/programs/tea/index.asp


      Program Overview
      The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) will provide 105 secondary school teachers from Eurasia, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with unique 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 fall 2009 to participate in a 6-week professional development program at a U.S. university. The professional development program will include coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for the participants’ home environment, educational leadership, as well as the use of computers for Internet, word processing, and as teaching tools. The 6-week program also will include a 2 to 3-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 2010 a cohort of 40 U.S. teachers will reciprocate the visits of the international teachers in selected countries. Each U.S. teacher will be hosted by a TEA alumni school in the participating country where they will team-teach as well as discuss best teaching practices, curriculum, and educational issues in the host country. The U.S. teachers’ trip will be fully funded and will include visits to local schools, parent committees, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and local government offices.
      Also, TEA will provide follow-on grants to the international teachers to purchase essential materials for their schools, to offer follow-on training for other teachers, and to conduct other activities that will build on the exchange visits. 
      About the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State
      The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world. ECA does this through a wide range of international exchanges as authorized by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended.  ECA works in close cooperation with U.S. Embassies overseas to promote personal, professional and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad.
      About IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)
      IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of $50 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX and its partner IREX Europe deliver cross-cutting programs and consulting expertise in more than 50 countries.
      Program  Dates
      November 10, 2008: Application deadline
      December - January 2009: Semi-finalists interviews. All semi-finalists will be required to take the TOEFL (institutional or official) at this time
      April 2009: Finalists notification
      September – November 2009: Program in United States
      Eligibility Requirements
      Applicants must be:
      ·       Secondary-level, full-time teacher with five or more years of classroom experience in either English as a Foreign Language; or Social Science (social studies, civics, geography or history)
      ·       Citizens of Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Senegal, El Salvador

      ·       English-language proficiency in written and spoken English
      ·       Continue teaching for at least five years after completion of the program
      ·       Submit a complete application.
      Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee.
      Former participants of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, TEA or Partners in Education (PiE) programs are ineligible to apply.
      Current IREX or partner organizations’ employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to compete in any IREX-administered grant programs, either as individuals or as the responsible party representing an institutional applicant. IREX does not discriminate against grant applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law.
      IREX reserves the right to verify all of the information included in the application.  In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.
      Financial Provisions of the Grant
      ·    J-1 visa support;
      ·    Round-trip airfare from participant’s home city to and within the United States;
      ·    A Welcome Orientation in Washington, D.C.;
      ·    University training program;
      ·    Accident and sickness coverage;
      ·    Housing (generally shared with other program participants) and meals;
      ·    Transportation allowance for travel to school internship (if necessary);
      ·    Book allowance;
      ·    An End of Program Conference  hosted by one of the TEA host universities in the U.S.;
      ·    The opportunity to host a U.S. teacher for two weeks; and
      ·    The opportunity to apply for follow-on grants.
      Selection Process and Criteria
      TEA Fellows will be selected through a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, U.S. Embassy and/or Fulbright Commission staff in the applicants’ home countries will review all eligible applications. Top candidates will be interviewed by a panel set up by the U.S. Embassy and/or Fulbright Commission, and will take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination and/or another English-language proficiency exam at the U.S. Embassy or an alternate location in their country. An independent, U.S.-based selection committee will conduct a final review of applicants with top interview and TOEFL scores.
      Criteria (not in order of importance):
      ·          Professional and educational experience and achievements;
      ·          Demonstrated commitment to teaching and lesson plan development in English and/or social sciences;
      ·          English language skills adequate to develop lesson plans, conduct research, audit classes in U.S. host universities, and team-teach in U.S. schools (a minimum score of 450 in TOEFL is required for program participation);
      ·          Potential to influence educational and curriculum reform in the applicant’s home institution and/or country;
      ·          Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and home country educational institutions and schools;
      ·          Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively; and
      ·          Preparedness (including maturity and flexibility) for an intensive U.S.-based training program.
      General Application Instructions & Submission Guidelines
      ·          Please answer all questions on the application.
      ·          Please type or print in black ink. 
      ·          If a question does not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable).
      ·          Include your full, legal, family name (surname) first as spelled on your passport (if available) or other photo identification.
      ·          Include complete contact information (including zip codes for all addresses and city codes for all phone and fax numbers if available).
      ·          Write your full name, city, and country in the top right corner of each page.
      ·          You may attach additional pages if necessary to answer the questions completely.
      Completed applications must be submitted to the U.S. Embassy or Commission no later than Monday, November 10, 2008, 5:00pm.  Please note that deadlines vary by country, check with your local Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy for local deadlines. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
      Recommendations and Institution Support Form
      All applicants must include:
      ·          One completed recommendation form from a person who is familiar with your professional work. Recommendations may be from colleagues or supervisors. Recommendations must be submitted with the application. Recommendations submitted separately will not be accepted.  A family member may not write the recommendation. Please provide an English translation of recommendation letter if it is not written in English.
      ·          An Institution Support Form completed by the director of the school for which you are employed. This form will confirm that the school supports the applicant’s participation in this program. Please provide an English translation of the Institution Support Form if it is not written in English.
      The same individual may complete the recommendation form and institution support form so long as that person is the head or chair of the school for which the applicant is employed.
      You must submit the original application and five complete copies (for a total of six copies).  Each copy of the application should be submitted in the following order:
      1.       Application,
      2.       Curriculum vitae (please see the included sample),
      3.       Statement of purpose,
      4.       Completed recommendation form and letter, in English or with an English translation.
      5.       Completed institution support form, in English or with an English translation
      6.       A sample lesson plan if available, and
      7.       A copy of your international passport (or other government issued photo identification)
      8.       Each complete application should look identical and be stapled.  No other form of binding is permitted.



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