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2014 Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary School Educators
 

Now Accepting Applications!

The United States Embassy in Helsinki, Finland, is pleased to invite applications for the Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary School Educators, which will take place over the course of five weeks beginning in or after June 2014.

Three Institutes for Secondary School Educators will be offered, two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials, among others. Each Institute includes a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour. The aim of the study tour is to showcase the rich cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States. The University of Illinois will host one Institute for teachers; the hosts for two additional Institutes (one for teachers and one for administrators) will be communicated at a later date.

The two Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators (Teachers) will provide a multinational group of 20 experienced secondary school teachers 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. The programs will be organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization and will have a strong contemporary component. Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, the programs will explain the history and evolution of U.S. educational institutions and values. The programs also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators (Administrators) will provide a multinational group of 20 experienced administrators (including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture - past and present. The program will be organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization and will have a strong contemporary component. Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, the programs will explain the history and evolution of U.S. educational institutions and values. The programs also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.

Who Should Apply?

Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school educators with little or no prior experience in the United States. The ideal candidate will be a secondary school teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, textbook writer, ministry of education official, or other related professional with responsibility for secondary education who is seeking to introduce to or enhance aspects of U.S. studies in his/her curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields. Candidates should be willing and able to take part fully in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.

It is imperative that all candidates demonstrate English language fluency. The programs are rigorous and demanding; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to be full and active participants in all seminar and panel discussions.

Essential Program Information

Program Funding: The program will cover all participant costs, including program administration, international travel, domestic travel and ground transportation, books, cultural activities, mailing and incidental allowances, housing, and subsistence.

Housing and Meal Arrangements: Participants may be asked to share living quarters during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute, and will share hotel rooms during the study tour (up to two weeks). Housing will usually be in college or 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.

Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State's health insurance coverage of $100,000 with a $15 co-pay per medical visit for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.

Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants are expected to participate fully in the program. They are expected to attend all lectures and organized activities, and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants on any part of the program. Please note that the Institute should not be viewed as a research program.

How to Apply

•    2014 SUSI Application Form (DOC, 36 KB)

Applications should be submitted no later than January 8, 2014 to the Embassy of the United States, Education and Exchange Programs Coordinator Mirka McIntire, e-mail: USHelsinkiExchanges(at)state.gov

Phone interviews with selected candidates will be conducted on January 13 and 14, 2014. Please indicate in your application when you can be reached between 09:00-17:00 on those dates.

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 accomplishments and professional duties.

Applicants must be citizens of Finland.

Web Resource

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit The Branch of the Study of the United States website to obtain general information about the Institutes.