Call for Nominations: 2012 Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators
The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the U.S.A. in Manila is pleased to announce the call for nominations to the 2012 "Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators."
The DEADLINE for nominations is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011. All nominations must be sent ELECTRONICALLY to Tony Perez, Cultural Affairs Specialist for American Studies, at PerezAS@state.gov.
The "Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators" will take place over the course of six weeks beginning in mid-June 2012. Eligible nominees include classroom teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials. The program will provide a multinational group of 30 secondary educators with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture, past and present. The institute will be organized around a central theme in U.S. studies, and will have a strong, contemporary component. Through a combination of traditonal, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, the programs will elucidate the history and evolution of U.S. educational institutions and values. The program will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.
The ultimate goals are to strenghten curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions in other countries. There will be only ONE Filipino grantee, and he/she will be sent to EITHER one of the following institutes: at the Institute for Training in Development in Amherst, MA; OR at California State University, Chico, CA. The institute in Amherst will host mainly secondary educators whose primary activities are classroom teaching; the Institute in Chico will host administrators (including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others).
The Embassy of the U.S.A. will cover all participants' costs including those for roundtrip international air fare, program administration, domestic travel and ground transportation, housing and subsistence, books cultural activities, mail, and incidentals.
Typically, participants will have a private room with a shared bathroom during the residency portion (four weeks) of the institute, and will share a hotel room during the study tour (up to two weeks). Housing will usually be in college dorm university-owned housing. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities, though participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. It is important that these arrangements be made clear to nominees and that they are comfortable with such housing arrangements, particularly sharing a hotel room witn another participant for up to two weeks.
All participants will receive the U.S. Department of State's coverage of $50,000 with a $15 co-pay per office visit for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
Participants are expected to participate fully in the program. They are expected to attend all lectures and organized activities, and to complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program. Candidates should be made aware that this is an intensive institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program. The institute should not be viewed as a research program. It is equally important that these requirements and restrictions be made clear to all candidates before nominations are submitted.
CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICIATIONS:
Candidates should be mir-career, typically between the ages of 30 and 50, highly motivated and experienced secondary school educators. The ideal candidate is a secondary teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, textbook writer, ministry of education official, or someone with other related professional responsibility for secondary education, who is seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. Studies into his/her curricula.
The ideal candidate is also an experienced professional with little or no prior experience in the United States, whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. Studies into its curricula, enhance and update existing courses that include information about the United States, or offer specialized seminars/workshiops for education professionals in U.S. Studies or related fields. In this respect, while the nominee's professional credentials are an important consideration, an equally imprtant factor is how participation in the institute will enhance teaching and courses about the United States in the nominee's home institution, community, or country.
Candidates should be willing and able to take part fully in an intensive post-graduate level academic ptrogram and study tour.
A. TITLE OF INSTITUTE: "2011 STUDY OF THE U.S. INSTITUTE FOR SECONDARY EDUCATORS"
B. NOMINEE'S FULL NAME, EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON HIS/HER PASSPORT:
D. DATE OF BIRTH: Month, Date, Year
E. CITY OF BIRTH:
F. COUNTRY OF BIRTH:
G. COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP:
H. COUNTRY OF RESIDENCY:
I. MEDICAL, PHYSICAL, DIETARY, OR OTHER PERSONAL CONSIDERATIONS:
J. CANDIDATE CONTACT INFORMATION:
K. CURRENT POSITION, TITLE, INSTITUTION:
ADDRESS OF INSTITUTION:
L. WORK EXPERIENCE, INCLUDING YEAR, PREVIOUS POSITIONS, AND TITLES (BEGIN WITH MOST RECENT):
M. EDUCATION, ACADEMIC, AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:
DEGREES EARNED, YEAR, SPECIALIZATIONS/INSTITUTIONS:
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:
N. ACTIVE PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
O. PUBLICATIONS RELATED TO THE INSTITUTE THEME:
(INDICATE WHETHER BOOK, CHAPTER, JOURNAL ARTICLE, NEWSPAPER ARTICLE, WEB ARTICLE, ETC.)
P. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCEIN THE UNITED STATES:
PURPOSES, CITIES, DATES:
Q. IMMEDIATE FAMILY RESIDING IN THE UNITED STATES:
R. EVIDENCE OF ENGLISH FLUENCY: Fluent; personal interview
S. PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
CURRENT COURSES TAUGHT, LEVEL OF STUDENTS, CLASSROOM HOURS PER SEMESTER. NUMBER OF STUDENTS, PERCENTAGE OF U.S. STUDIES CONTENT
CURRENT STUDENT ADVISING:
NUMBER OF STUDENTS ADVISED STUDYING U.S.-RELATED TOPICS, LEVEL OF STUDENTS, HOURS OF ADVISING PER STUDENT YEAR
OTHER POTENTIAL OUTCOMES:
--UPDATE EXISTING COURSE?
--UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM REDESIGN?
--NEW PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION?
--CREATE NEW COURSE?
--NATIONAL CURRICULUM REDESIGN?
--NEW INSTITUTIONAL LINKAGES?
--CREATE NEW DEGREE PROGRAM?
--NEW RESEARCH PROJECT?
--GOVERNMENT OR MINISTRY POLICY?
--RAISE INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE?
T. PERSONAL ESSAY (4,500 CHARACTERS):
U. STATEMENT BY CANDIDATE'S INSTITUTION JUSTIFYING PARTICIPATION OF NOMINEE IN THE INSTITUTE:
1) DISCUSS WHY THE CANDIDATE HAS BEEN NOMINATED ABOVE ALL OTHER CANDIDATES, AND HOW THIS CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATION FITS INTO THE INSTITUTION'S CURRENT EFFORTS TO PROMOTE A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNITED STATES (250 WORDS).
2) DISCUSS HOW THE NOMINEE'S PARTICIPATION IS RELEVANT TO U.S.-RP RELATIONS, AND WHAT SORT OF ONGOING COLLABORATION THE CANDIDATE ANTICIPATES HAVING WITH EITHER THE NOMINEE OR HIS/HER INSTITUTION IN THE FUTURE (250 WORDS).