Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) 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. TEA consists of a six-week customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and instructional technology. Participants also work closely with US teachers in secondary schools while teaching.

Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) 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. TEA consists of a six-week customized academic program including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and instructional technology. Participants also work closely with US teachers in secondary schools while teaching.

Quick Facts

  • The Fellows have an average of 12 years of classroom experience and teach English, science, mathematics, and social studies at the secondary level. They are emerging leaders in their classrooms, schools, and communities.
  • The Fellowship provides these outstanding teachers with the opportunity to hone their skills at a US institution of secondary education, with support for professional development after they return home.
  • In 2016, 160 Fellows representing 55 countries and territories are participating in the program. Since 2015, 23 alumni have received Alumni Small Grant funding to implement projects to benefit secondary education in the classrooms, schools, and communities.
Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

Goals

  • Build lasting relationships that promote mutual understanding and collaboration between the United States and international teachers and students through educational and cultural exchanges.
  •  Provide in-service professional development to enhance teachers’ expertise in their teaching disciplines and furnish them with new and best practices in teaching methodology, curriculum development, and instructional technology.
  •  Contribute to improving secondary education in participating countries by preparing program participants to serve as teacher leaders, ready to apply and share experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home.
I really appreciate the academic programs and field experience at my host university. It was an unforgettable time in my life. 2016 TEA Fellow

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Project Activities

  • An intensive six-week academic program at a US university: The program includes coursework and training in teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and education technology. The program also includes subject-specific strategies for teachers in the disciplines of math, science, social studies, and English as a foreign or second language.
  • A field experience in an American classroom environment: The program will provide Fellows with both a classroom and holistic school experience that allows them to interact with a partner American teacher, other faculty, administrators, and school leaders.
  • Exposure to US culture and society: At their host universities, Fellows will participate in American cultural activities such as performances and sporting events, visits to US homes, short trips to nearby cities, and other relevant activities.

Partners

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Fall: Appalachian State University, Claremont Graduate University, Montana State University, and University of Nevada, Reno

Spring: Bowling Green State University; California State University-Chico; George Mason University; and University of Massachusetts, Lowell

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