Global Opportunities for Teachers Newsletter: Fulbright, Argentina, and More
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Announcing the launch of the 2014-2015 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program Online Application for K-12 teachers! Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level teachers to take part in an intensive professional development program for three or four months abroad. The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

Are you a U.S.:
  • Primary and/or secondary classroom teacher?
  • Guidance counselor?
  • Curriculum specialist?
  • Curriculum head? 
  • Talented and Gifted coordinator? 
  • Special Education coordinator?
  • Media specialist/librarian? 
You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development opportunity for 3 - 4 months through the Fulbright Program! Teachers may travel to: Chile, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.


Application deadline: December 15, 2013.

Eligibility Requirements:  

Application Info:

For teachers in the DC, VA, MD area, a special information event will be held on October 3rd  at the Institute of International Education, Washington DC office:   

RSVP by Monday, September 30, 2013:
WHEN:            Thursday, October 3, 2013        

WHERE:         Institute of International Education
                         1400 K Street NW, Suite 700
                         Washington, DC 20005 


The Fulbright Commission in Argentina and the Government of the City of Buenos Aires are offering 2-4 scholarships to U.S. elementary school teachers to teach English at elementary schools in Buenos Aires for four months (March-June 2014). Applicants who have experience teaching English as a second or foreign language and who speak Spanish are preferred. The grantee will receive roundtrip travel, visa fee, health insurance, and a stipend of $3,100 dollars per month. 

If you are interested in applying for these scholarships please send your CV no later than November 1st to: Dr. Norma Gonzalez, Executive Director Fulbright Commission,  


This past summer, John Nord, a high school math teacher from Saint George’s School in Spokane, WA, participated in the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Program in Italy. He went to see the sights and sounds that inspired Galileo to invent and discover.  He visited to Pisa, Florence, and Venice during his Trek. Find out more about John’s experience in the following interview.

What were some of your activities on your Trek to Italy?
My Galileo pilgrimage took me to the Galileo Museum (they have Galileo’s finger in a jar and his telescopes), Santa Maria Novella (where priests proclaimed all math teachers to be heretics), and Galileo’s tomb at Santa Croce in Florence. While in Pisa, I climbed the stairs to the top of the Leaning Tower (Galileo dropped objects of various sizes off of the top to prove that gravity acted independently from mass) and visited the duomo (cathedral) where he studied the swinging lamps and worked out the basic principles of pendulums. Venice is amazing. Galileo’s theory of tides predicted there should be only one high tide per day. I can report that there are in fact two high tides per day in Venice and they are slowly swamping the city.

Why did you apply for the Hilton Program and why did you choose Italy for the Trek?    
I was truly inspired by Hilton’s approach. I ask students daily to dream big. Hilton took that one step further. They asked teachers to imagine that if they could go anywhere and study anything, where would they go and what would they study? Dream big indeed! Galileo invented modern science in the face of the Inquisition in the heart of Italy. We imagine all of the problems in the modern world are unique. But even if the problems are unique, the methods of solving them, even in the face of huge opposition, are quite similar to what Italians witnessed in the 1600’s.  

How will the Hilton Program benefit and/or impact your teaching in your classroom?
This is actually a great question. My pre-trip answer was that I would reproduce the pendulum experiments and have my algebra students push through from the data collection to the formulation of a theorem using original location photos to inspire and motivate the project. I will still do that. But it turns out that traveling to Italy and wandering around in Florence created far more opportunities to impact students. This goes to the heart of travel to "Opening minds to the world." One example of an unplanned teachable experience pertains to my Business Calculus. The street vendors in Florence aggressively pursue tourists. Their ‘business plan’ now forms the basis of many of my introductory examples in revenue modeling.   

Is there anything else you think other teachers would be interested to know?
Dream big! I greatly appreciate Hilton and IIE for allowing me to do something that I would not have otherwise been able to ever do. 

The 2013-2014 Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Program was the program’s pilot year. The program provided 15 K-12 teachers, living and teaching in the U.S., with a grant to travel internationally during the summer break. In their applications, teachers developed their own travel itineraries to their country, or countries, of choice. 


The second edition of the Education Leaders’ Training Program (ELTP) component of the Bulgarian Young Leaders Program (BYLP) will take place from October 6-October 26, 2013. This program is sponsored by the America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF). As part of the program, 14 Bulgarian secondary school educators will participate in a dynamic three-week professional development program in New York City. The goal of ELTP is to introduce program participants to the latest pedagogical innovations in the U.S., as well as to foster professional collaboration between outstanding Bulgarian and U.S. teachers. To achieve its goal, the program will have two distinct, but integrated components: an academic training component at Columbia University’s Teachers College and a networking/practical training component in select New York City high-schools. 

ELTP’s academic training component will focus on the following key themes:
  • Fostering and implementing innovative pedagogical methods in the classroom
  • Using technology to transform the classroom experience
  • Tracking student progress and measuring success
  • Instructional models in the education of gifted students
ELTP’s networking/practical training components will entail pairing program participants with Master teachers at some of New York City’s most innovative, creative and results-driven high schools. During their practical training component, participants will shadow the Master teachers and observe their teaching styles and classroom interactions. At the end of each class day, the Bulgarian educators will have the opportunity to debrief with their U.S. counterparts and ask in-depth questions about what they experienced throughout the day.                                                                                
Participants from the 2012 Bulgarian Young Leaders Program • Member website of the Institute of International Education
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