International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP)

International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP)

The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) brings outstanding secondary school teachers from around the globe to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. Recognizing the transformative power of an effective teacher, ILEP equips teachers with expanded teaching methodologies, lesson planning techniques, and leadership and technology skills through targeted coursework, intensive training, and field experience at a US secondary school.

International Leaders in Education Program

The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) brings outstanding secondary school teachers from around the globe to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. Recognizing the transformative power of an effective teacher, ILEP equips teachers with expanded teaching methodologies, lesson planning techniques, and leadership and technology skills through targeted coursework, intensive training, and field experience at a US secondary school.

Quick Facts

  • In 2016, 65 Fellows from 14 countries and 4 world regions participated in ILEP. They held an average of 10 years of classroom experience and taught English, science, mathematics, social studies, and special education at the secondary level.
  • With a special focus on teacher leadership, all ILEP Fellows complete a Professional Development Module (PDM). These capstone projects are created via a professional learning community model in which Fellows collaborate with their peers to research and design 8-hour teacher training workshops. Since 2009, ILEP Fellows have produced 107 PDMs totaling 1,110 hours of training time.
  • ILEP Fellows foster special diplomatic relations with Americans throughout their time in the United States, especially in American classrooms. Each Fellow is partnered with an experienced US secondary school teacher and spends at least 90 hours in the classroom, bringing a truly international experience to American students.

Goals

  • Build lasting relationships that promote international understanding and collaboration between US and international teachers and students.
  •  Provide in-service professional development to enhance teachers’ expertise in their teaching disciplines and furnish them with a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and the use of technology in education.
  •  Contribute to improving teaching in participating countries by preparing Fellows to serve as teacher leaders who are equipped to apply and share their experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home.
My ILEP program participation has made me a true leader for positive change within my school community and beyond. ILEP alum

Project Activities

  • Teacher training: ILEP provides a semester-long academic program at US universities that includes coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and the use of technology in the classroom. ILEP Fellows also audit two existing graduate-level courses at their host universities to build professional knowledge.
  • Professional Development Modules:  Fellows create a Professional Development Module, a one-day training session designed for their teacher colleagues. These modules serve as a resource to enhance teaching and learning in their home schools and communities.
  • Field experience: ILEP Fellows are actively immersed in an American classroom environment. They build collaborative, lasting connections with US teachers and students at a US secondary school.
  • Civic and cultural activities: ILEP Fellows participate in American cultural activities such as performances, sporting events, visits to US homes, and trips to notable historical sites.

Program Eligibility

ILEP teachers participate in a five-month academic program at US university graduate schools, typically between January and May. As part of the program, teachers will audit courses at the university. They will have at least 90 hours of observing and coteaching in US secondary schools. 

Details for this program may vary by country. Generally, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be current secondary school–level, full-time teachers in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in ILEP teaching disciplines: English, EFL, social studies, mathematics, science, or special education
  • Be citizens of and residents in eligible ILEP countries
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Obtain a minimum score of 500 on paper-based TOEFL or a 61 on an internet-based TOEFL
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program
  • Have submitted a complete application

Former participants of ILEP, the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, Partners in Education, or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program may not apply. If you have participated in other programs funded by the US government, please talk to the Fulbright commission/US embassy in your country about your eligibility.

Application information

  • We will begin accepting applications in December 2016.
  • Please review the eligibility criteria listed above.
  • Visit the website of the US embassy or Fulbright commission in your country to apply.

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Arizona State University
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