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Teachers teaching in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal should contact Ms. Shevanti Narayan, Regional Officer, USIEF Kolkata Regional Office, Kolkata, E: Shevanti@usief.org.in; Phone: 033-39846310
Teachers teaching in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telengana should contact Ms. Pranitha Hemanth, Administrative and EducationUSA Coordinator, USIEF Hyderabad Regional Office, Hyderabad, E:email@example.com; Phone: 8008465712
Teachers teaching in the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands should contact Ms. Lalitha Nagesvari, Program Manager, USIEF Chennai Regional Office, Chennai, E: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 044-2857 4275
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 Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) will provide approximately 160 secondary school teachers from East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Western Hemisphere with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. TEA consists of a six-week non-degree, non-credit academic program at a U.S. University. The international participants will travel to the United States in two cohorts of approximately 80 teachers each in spring or fall 2017. TEA provides academic seminars focusing on teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, teaching strategies, and instructional technology training. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. The program will also include a field experience at a U.S. secondary school where participants work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and present to U.S. students. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.
After returning home, teachers will be eligible to participate in a small grants program to request funds 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.
Application can be done online only.
HOW TO APPLY
You are required to submit an online application along with supporting documents.
Please note that USIEF will accept only online application form from Indian applicants. No paper application will be accepted.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2016
APRIL 1, 2016 Application Deadline
Mid-end April 2016 Paper screening of the applications
Mid May 2016 TOEFL Testing/Interviews
September 2016 Notification of Finalists
December 2016 Pre-Departure Orientation Cohort I
Late January-March 2017 U.S. Program Dates Cohort I
July 2017 Pre-Departure Orientation Cohort II
September-November 2017 U.S. Program Dates Cohort II
A limited number of participants with TOEFL scores between 425 and 450, or equivalent, will be accepted for the program into a special cohort with additional English language training included in the professional development program. 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.
The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning. The TEA Program supports inclusion and strongly encourages teachers with disabilities to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who serve students in under-resourced communities or from underserved groups.
Former participants of TEA, the International Leaders in Education (ILEP) program, Partners in Education (PiE), Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program are not eligible to apply. If you have participated in other U.S. government-funded professional development exchange programs, please talk to USIEF about your eligibility.
TEA 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. Staff or families of staff at a U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission are not eligible to apply.
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
TEA 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 a year of the application deadline. TOEFL scores received between June 2015 and the application deadline are valid for consideration and use for selection committees to assess an applicant’s English language proficiency.
Selection Criteria (not in order of importance):