The U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe is pleased to invite candidate applications for the Summer 2016 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours, whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the society, culture, and institutions of the United States. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit SUSI’s web page to obtain general information about the Institutes. The address is: http://exchanges.state.gov/susi. The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place over the course of five weeks, beginning in or after June 2016. Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered, one with a focus on classroom teachers and another with a focus on administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials, among others.
The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will provide a multinational group of experienced secondary school educators with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The focus of the Institute will be on providing materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. To this end, the Institute may be organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization. Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will elucidate the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The program will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The four week academic residency will be complemented by a one week study tour. The aim of the study tour is to showcase the rich cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.
Candidate description and qualifications:
- A. Study of the U.S. Institutes are highly competitive. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component, who have no prior or limited experience in the United States, and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.
- B. Candidates should be mid-career, between the ages of 30 and 50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school educators. Ideal candidates are secondary school teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, secondary school administrators, or other related professionals with responsibility for secondary education.
- C. Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency. Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions. English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute, both for your participant and participants from other countries.
Questions about the application process, as well as completed applications (DOC 100 KB), should be submitted No Later Than 30 November, 2015 at 17:00 to:
U.S. Embassy Dushanbe
109A Ismoili Somoni Avenue