IIE. Global Opportunities for Teachers

TeachHer program participants and facilitators work on developing hands-on lesson plansThe inaugural TeachHer training session took place from August 29 - September 2, 2016 in Addis Ababa with 58 educators from six countries in Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania. TeachHer is a new public-private partnership that is being spearheaded by the U.S. Mission to UNESCO, UNESCO, Microsoft, Fitbit and other NGO and private sector partners; IIE is the lead implementing partner. The goal of TeachHer is to provide a master corps of teachers, administrators and ministry education officials with the tools they need to inspire middle school girls to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Design, and Math) fields.

The training sessions were facilitated by experts from the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa, CEMASTEA (Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa), FAWE (Forum for African Women Educationalists), and Microsoft, Inc. The second TeachHer training with a focus on Central America is scheduled to take place in San Juan, Costa Rica in November. The initiative was launched in July at UNESCO headquarters in Paris with the Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden and the Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

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We are excited to announce the release of a new book co-authored by Fulbright Distinguished alumna, Mayra Tristan, called Cuaderno de Lectura para Primaria. This book is the first in what will be a series of Spanish literacy workbooks geared toward Spanish bilingual or dual language elementary education students. With more than 50 lessons for beginning Spanish readers and explanations of concepts written in Spanish, students will benefit from authentically written Spanish materials and the common language surrounding these crucial Literacy topics. Sample lessons are available on the Read en Español website.

Mayra Tristan traveled to Mexico in the spring of 2016 for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. While in Mexico, she worked on a project called The Metalanguage Connection: Using My Language to Learn a Second One, exploring strategies and methodologies that educators in Mexico use to teach Spanish reading and writing, and English as a second language and investigated how students use their first language to learn a second one.  

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by IIE. 

Application Deadline for U.S. Teachers: December 1, 2016 | Apply Online 
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by IIE, seeks to improve mutual understanding among teachers, their schools and communities in the U.S. and abroad. This program allows teachers to go abroad for three to six months to take classes at an international university, observe classes and offer seminars in local schools and complete a project of their own design.
Teachers may travel to: Botswana, Finland, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
Please visit the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program website for more information on eligibility requirements and application information

Application deadline for Canada: October 1, 2016 | Application deadline for Australia: January 6, 2017
Elementary and secondary teachers are invited to apply for a one-year direct exchange with educators in several Australian states and Canadian provinces. Applications are now available for Canada 2017-18 and Australia 2018. Educators from both public and private schools are eligible. While these programs are facilitated by the Colorado International Teachers’ Exchange League and the Colorado Education Association, they are open to teachers anywhere in the U.S. This is an excellent opportunity for professional development which offers new approaches to current issues in the classroom and in the educational community.

Click here to visit the program website to learn more about eligibility requirements and to access the application.

October 23–25, 2016 | Washington, DC | Register 

The 2016 IIE Summit will bring education, government, and business leaders together for action-oriented panel discussions, sessions, and plenaries on how to ensure an international experience is a key part of a 21st century education and how to make study abroad opportunities available to all. The contributions that the K-12 community are making to achieve the goals of Generation Study Abroad will help inform the discussions and identify solutions to expand and diversity study abroad.   

IIE is pleased to offer K-12 teachers and administrators a special registration rate of $250. Please register today to secure your seat! 

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation & Improvement is excited to announce that it has created a new webpage specifically for early STEM education that summarizes its activities and provides convenient access to tip sheets, archived webinars, lists of STEM commitments, and other materials. The site will be updated periodically with new STEM announcements and opportunities.

These webinars are not sponsored by IIE.




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