Global Opportunities for Teachers Newsletter - Fulbright Application and Professional Development
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Application Deadline for U.S. Teachers: November 5, 2014 | 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, India, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
*Additional countries are still pending and will be added to the program website in the coming weeks.

Please visit the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program website for more information on eligibility requirements and application information


On August 12-15, 2014, the U.S. Department of State and IIE welcomed a group of U.S. and international teachers to the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program Orientation Workshop in Washington, DC. The orientation kicked off with welcome remarks and a round table discussion led by Meghann Curtis, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and Maureen McLaughlin, the Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education. Throughout the week Fulbright Teachers, alumni and staff engaged in discussions about cross-cultural communication, developing global competence, and meeting the needs of underserved students. 

Workshop participants also had the opportunity to explore Washington, DC by taking part in a U.S. Capitol Tour and a DC monuments tour. The orientation closed with a celebratory dinner and 'culture night,' where U.S. and international Fulbright Teachers were encouraged to present their culture in a unique way. Finnish and Moroccan teachers provided the participants with treats and teas from their native countries. A teacher from Indian wowed the crowd with a traditional dance and U.S. teachers engaged the group in a game of 'The Price is Right!' It was a productive, fun and educational week with the teachers. 

Check out the #FulbrightDA Tag Board that includes tweets and posts from teachers throughout the orientation.  

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. 


Registration Deadline: September 4, 2014 | Apply Online

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) National Coordinating Site at the University of Colorado is offering an online NCTA seminar beginning in September 2014, entitled Cultural Encounters: Japan’s Diverse Past and Present.

This online course for middle and high school teachers of world history examines episodes in Japan's international and intercultural relations from the Nara period to the present, with special attention to Japanese approaches and responses to cross-border movement of peoples, ideas, and materials. Content will address the World History Content Standards and AP World History Course Guidelines. This course is co-sponsored by NCTA and the J-OPP project. The course is open to 20 teachers nationwide and begins September 11, 2014.

For full details and application instructions, please see the course flier.


Expand your world by hosting an extraordinary international student in your home or school! By living and studying alongside high school exchange students, Americans make lifelong friendships and learn about different cultures. To learn more about hosting and sign up for information, visit


Teachers can help to prepare their students to live, work and succeed in a global economy by encouraging them to participate in study abroad opportunities. The U.S. Department of State offers several scholarship programs to help facilitate students' study abroad. To view these opportunities, please visit:


Posted on HOMEROOM: The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education by Cecilia Muñoz

The Department of Education has unveiled a new grant opportunity to partner with states and local communities to expand the reach of high-quality preschool. The $250 million grant competition will provide thousands of additional 4-year-old children across the country with a high-quality preschool education.

Click here to read the full blog post

Shared by Jason Knoll (@jasonlknoll)
The role of teacher exchanges to maintain and strengthen the #transatlantic relationship. @IIEglobal @ECAatState


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