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MS. SHEVANTI NARAYAN, REGIONAL OFFICER,
USIEF Kolkata Regional Office, American Center,
38 A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata 700 071
Phone: 033-3984 6310, E-mail:email@example.com
The U.S. Department of State and IREX announce an open competition for a program that will bring outstanding secondary-level school teachers to the U.S. for a professional development opportunity. The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. ILEP consists of a semester-long non-degree, non-credit academic program at a U.S. university including seminars on new teaching methods, curriculum development, lesson planning, and teaching strategies. As part of the academic program, participants will work in groups to develop a unique teacher professional development module. Participants will also audit two courses in the host university’s School or Department of Education and participate in a field experience in a U.S. secondary school near the host university. All participants will receive a technology allowance and instructional technology training. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided throughout the program. ILEP will commence in January 2016 and conclude in May 2016.
After returning home, teachers will be eligible to request funds from a competitive alumni small grants program for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between their home schools and U.S. schools, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.
PROVISIONS OF THE FELLOWSHIP
*TOEFL scores are not required at the time of application. If you are short-listed for interview, USIEF will administer the TOEFL or an equivalent of English proficiency test.
Former participants of the International Leaders in Education (ILEP) program, the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program, Partners in Education (PiE), the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program or the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program are not eligible to apply. If you have participated in other professional development exchange programs, please talk to USIEF office about your eligibility.
ILEP is a program for practicing teachers. Ministry of Education officials, full-time principals or educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, are not eligible.
Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to compete in any IREX-implemented 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.
APPLICATIONS NOT MEETING THE ABOVE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE FORWARDED TO THE SELECTION COMMITTEE.
SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
ILEP Fellows will be selected through a merit-based open competition based on the criteria below. Top candidates will be interviewed by an interview panel and must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or equivalent English language examination or provide valid results from within the past year, or June 2014.
Selection Criteria (not in order of importance):
HOW TO APPLY
All applications, hand delivered or posted, must reach the USIEF Kolkata Regional Office, American Center, 38 A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata 700 071, no later than April 1, 2015. Please write ATTN: International Leaders in Education Program on the envelope.
GENERAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORT AND REFERENCE FORM
All applicants must include the Institutional Support and Reference Form, which must be completed by your supervisor at the school where you are employed. The form must be signed in ink. An English translation must be provided if the form and reference letter are not written in English. The official who completes and signs this form must be the official authorized to approve participation in the program and grant a leave of absence. Applicants should discuss their application to the program with their administrator in advance and should be aware that their application will not be considered without the administrator’s approval.
A completed application includes all elements listed below. You may submit your application by April 1, 2015 to USIEF Regional office in Kolkata in paper form in the following order:
APRIL 1, 2015 : Application Deadline
May 2015 : TOEFL Testing/Interviews
September 2015 : Notification of Finalists
December 2015 : Pre-Departure Orientation
January-May 2016 : U.S. Program Dates