IIE. Global Opportunities for Teachers

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.
Participating Countries for 2017-2018: Botswana, Finland, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam

Contest Submission Deadline: November 18, 2016 at 12 noon EDT

The U.S. Department of State is challenging all U.S. alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to tell the world about the incredible benefits of international exchange and inspire more Americans to go abroad. How did your international experience change you for the better? There are three ways to participate in the 2016 U.S. Citizen Diplomacy Challenge. Choose your favorite or participate in all three for a chance to win a professional development trip to Washington D.C. and other exclusive prizes!

  • Instagram Photo and Caption Challenge: Upload your most inspirational original study abroad photo that showcases the value of international exchange to Instagram. The photo caption should finish this sentence: '#StudyAbroadBecause ______.'
  • Share your Story Challenge: Write your study abroad story! Share a brief, compelling personal narrative that demonstrates the benefits of international exchange and would inspire more people to go abroad.
  • Back to School Challenge: Go "back to school" in order to give presentations to students on what participating in an exchange program meant to you and share information about relevant U.S. government-sponsored exchange opportunities.
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The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The application deadline for summer 2017 and academic year 2017-2018 programs is October 27, 2016.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. Applications for academic year 2017-18 programs are due December 1, 2016.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for to study for an academic year in Germany. Visit the website for more information, including application deadlines.
Contest deadline: January 17, 2017
AFS Project: Change is an educational contest that prompts 8th-12th graders to analyze and address global issues through volunteerism. By participating in this service learning project, students realize their potential to create global change, and build important 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, empathy and intercultural communication.
Students enter by submitting an original volunteer project idea (via essay or video) that could have a meaningful impact abroad. If a student’s idea is chosen as the winning project, they will receive a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad and make their vision come to life. Nine other students will also receive scholarships to participate in the program.

Free Resources for Teachers
Project: Change is designed to not only provide unique opportunities for students, but also to help educators foster global competency. Students can participate in Project: Change independently or as part of a class exercise facilitated by a free, in-depth lesson plan provided by AFS-USA. Educators can access this free lesson planon the Project: Change website, along with numerous other resources for bringing global learning into the classroom.

Dates: November 13-16, 2016 

The Global Education Conference Network is pleased to announce its 7th annual global collaboration extravaganza. The Global Education Conference will take place around the clock during International Education Week featuring thought leaders from the world of education and beyond. There is no cost to participate and all events take place online in webinar format.

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Becoming globally competent is a must for students in the 21st century, who need intercultural skills to collaborate, communicate, and work. How can teachers integrate such topics into their classroom?

Check out tips, suggestions and resources in the latest blog post on Education Week >>




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