Professional Development and Educational Opportunities Abroad for Teachers and Administrators

The following are totally or partially funded available programs for professional development opportunities abroad. CMS is not directly affiliated with these programs but makes the information available to teachers and administrators. Contact the program organizers directly for application and questions.

Fund for Teachers: helps preK-12 teachers design and embark on summer learning experiences around the globe that build on their interests and benefit their students. This program will support a variety of projects that support teachers' active participation in their own professional growth. Awards through this program are designed to create enhanced learning environments for teachers, their students, and their communities. Awards range from $5,000 for individual teachers to $10,000 for a group of teachers. Resources and guidelines are available on the Volunteers, Partnerships and Grants SharePoint Grant Calendar or on the organization’s website. Deadline for application: see website.

“Experiencing China: Designing Curriculum Activities for All Learners” UNCG project: The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) program in the U.S. Department of Education has awarded an amount of $73,300 to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) for this project. “Experiencing China” is designed for up to 12 currently employed full-time teachers and specialists (e.g. speech language pathologists) in the NC K-12 schools to participate in university courses and field experiences in China. Selected participants will have the opportunity to spend 4 weeks in China during June-July 2015 and design curriculum activities in collaboration with Chinese teachers and teacher candidates. For more information about the program, please visit the program website at: Online application available at: Deadline for application:see website.

The Fulbright-Hays**Seminars Abroad Program** provides short-term seminars abroad for K-12 U.S. administrators and educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. The program offers educational lectures and activities specifically designed for the group, including visits to local schools and organizations, meetings with educators and students, visits to cultural sites. Participants draw on their experiences during the program to create new, cross-cultural curricula for their classrooms and school systems back in the U.S. In 2016, summer programs will be offered to Peru, India, and Senegal. The program covers airfare, lodging, and program costs. Participants should be prepared to pay a cost-share of up to $600.
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The Institute of International EducationAIFS Foundation Generation Study Abroad Enrichment Grants is a professional development program to support U.S. secondary level (grades 6-12) teachers who have shown to be outstanding advocates for study abroad. The goal of the program is to help raise global awareness in the classroom and prepare students for global citizenship and study abroad. Teachers who receive an enrichment grant can conduct any learning activity in the US or abroad that enhances their international outlook and global experience. Through their experiences, they will be able to further internationalize their classroom and advance their role as global educators to positively impact student learning. Each grant is for $1,000.

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2015 Goethe Transatlantic Outreach Program: Since 2001, the TOP program has sought to find the best and most qualified K-12 social studies educators in the United States and give them the opportunity to experience Modern Germany in the most dramatic way possible: in person. These all-expense-paid study/travel seminars are two weeks in length. To apply go to their web site, Deadline for application: see website.

2015 Keizai Koho Fellowship Program: Middle school and high school teachers of economics, social studies, and history; supervisors, specialists and school administrators at the district & state levels, and faculty associated with colleges directly concerned with the training of teachers are eligible for this two week educator tour of Japan. This year the ten-day itinerary in Japan will focus on Tokyo. The dates are June 28 - July 9, 2015 (tentative).Applicants must have skills and experience in developing curriculum. More information is available at their web site at Contact information Deadline for application: see website.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs for School and College Educators. NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for educators to study a variety of humanities topics here and abroad. Stipends of $1,200-$3,900 help cover expenses for these one- to five-week programs. International seminars include Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey and Italy. For all information, go to the NEH webpage: Deadline for application: see website.

Fulbright Scholarships – Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Scholarship Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) provides a professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers from the United States to participate in a program aimed at globalizing teaching and learning in their classrooms. The program includes an online course and an international fellowship through a two- or three week country visit upon successful completion of the online course. Current countries of program travel: Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco or Ukraine. See website for the application deadline.

American Council Educational Seminars: The Educational Seminars program offers Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Department of State funded grants for U.S. school teachers and administrators. Outbound exchanges are short term, taking place during the summer break in the U.S., and focus on sharing of best practices and professional development. Inbound exchanges take place during the school year so that host participants can provide shadowing opportunities and professional development and so that international educators can see U.S. schools in action.

Toyota International Teacher Program

The Toyota International Teacher Program is an international professional-development opportunity for U.S. secondary school teachers focusing on environmental stewardship and global connectedness. Selected teachers travel on a short-term (2-3 week) study tour to a country that is at the forefront of innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The teachers explore environmental issues through hands-on activities and incorporate what they learn into interdisciplinary and solution-focused lesson plans to share with their students and communities in the U.S.

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