European School Administrator Program

European School Administrator Program

The European School Administrator Program brings outstanding European administrators and head teachers to the United States to examine and exchange ideas on various approaches to promoting the economic and social advancement of minority, refugee, and immigrant youth. Participants attend high-level meetings with educational experts, visit schools and community organizations, and converse with policy makers. Upon completion of the program, additional funding will be available for participants to pursue follow-on activities after returning home.

European School Administrator Program

The European School Administrator Program brings outstanding European administrators and head teachers to the United States to examine and exchange ideas on various approaches to promoting the economic and social advancement of minority, refugee, and immigrant youth. Participants attend high-level meetings with educational experts, visit schools and community organizations, and converse with policy makers. Upon completion of the program, additional funding will be available for participants to pursue follow-on activities after returning home.

Partners

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Goals

  • Enhance educators’ expertise in best practices for the economic, social, and political advancement of minority and immigrant youth, including at-risk youth, and refugee children, through educational initiatives, cultural activities, civic participation, and sports.
  • Develop productive and lasting relationships and mutual understanding between US and international education professionals.
  • Equip educators with a nuanced understanding of US federal, state, and local immigration policies, including the historic movements that have brought about the integration of various ethnic groups into mainstream American society and the role of youth in these movements.
  • Enhance participants’ abilities to serve as educational leaders so they may apply and share their experience and skills with their education communities and improve at-risk youth outreach efforts in their home countries.
  • Provide US education leaders with the opportunity to learn about and incorporate into their practice successful strategies that their European counterparts already use to integrate migrant children into schools and communities in their countries.

People

Project Activities

Through a 10-day professional development experience, participants will travel to one of two US cities selected for its effectiveness in supporting and integrating minority and immigrant populations into schools. Participants will reconvene in Washington, DC, following the host city visit, to share insights and develop action plans for use in their schools and districts upon returning home.

As part of the program, participants will:

  • Gain professional development experience in a US city through meetings with education experts and policy makers and by visits to schools and community organizations.
  • Examine effective strategies for youth and family outreach and engagement including language learning, social media for social integration, and enhancing civic awareness.
  • Analyze and discuss various approaches to promoting the economic and social advancement of minority and immigrant youth, enhancing emergency planning and support, and strengthening policies and practices aimed at reducing the achievement gap between immigrants and native-born students.