This presentation will provide information on an opportunity that is available to all the TEA 2010 Fellows. You are eligible to apply to host a U.S. teacher at your home school for 2 weeks during 2011. The U.S. Teacher is responsible for conducting an 8-hour workshop during his or her visit. This can be a workshop for teachers in your school, or teachers from your larger community. During this presentation, I will describe the responsibilities involved in hosting a U.S. teacher as a part of the TEA Program, and the application process. TEA Fellows are not required to host a U.S. teacher. It is your choice if you want to apply.
U.S. teachers will travel for 2 weeks to a TEA Fellow’s home school during Spring or Summer 2011 IREX is currently seeking applications to host a U.S. teacher, and TEA 2010 Fellows are the only ones eligible to apply You and the U.S. teacher will be responsible for setting your schedule together for the 2-week visit. IREX does not have a field presence in all of the TEA countries. We cannot conduct a workshop or coordinate logistical arrangements for the U.S. teacher’s visit. The experience is very much self-directed, meaning that the TEA Fellow and the U.S. teacher choose their activities and their agenda all by themselves. The details of the 2-week visit is largely in your hands, and in the hands of the U.S. teacher. You will work together to create your own daily schedule and workshop agenda. Applications are due August 2, 2010. Although you will not have completed your U.S.-based TEA program by then – in fact, you won’t have even started your program yet! – IREX is confident that you are all highly capable of completing a strong application to host a U.S. teacher.
August 2, 2010: Application due to IREX – all applications must be submitted electronically. I will discuss the application in more detail in a few moments. November, 2010: IREX notifies applicants with results December, 2010—travel dates, 2011: Ongoing collaboration between U.S. Teacher and TEA Fellow to: Set travel dates Revise and finalize day-by-day schedule due to IREX Design 8-hour workshop agenda due to IREX Collaborate on a resource assessment due to IREX Spring / Summer 2011: U.S. Teachers travel for two weeks to TEA Alumni Host's country. Note that the day-by-day schedule, workshop agenda, and resource assessment are all things that the U.S. teacher and TEA Alumni work on TOGETHER. It is a joint endeavor, to ensure that the plans are appropriate for the context within your home school and community, and to ensure that the U.S. teacher is comfortable and confident about the visit.
What am I responsible for? Prior to the U.S. teacher’s travel , you will be required to correspond regularly with the U.S. teacher (email, Skype) to create a resource assessment, an agenda for the two-week visit, and a plan for an 8-hour workshop. We expect bi-weekly communication at a minimum (at least once every 2 weeks) IREX sometimes hears from U.S. teachers who begin to worry because they have not heard from their host teacher in several weeks, or even a month! If you are not able to spend the time to regularly communicate with the U.S. teacher, then you should consider whether you have the time to host a U.S. teacher at all. Likewise, if you do not hear from the U.S. teacher, you should email him or her directly. Direct, open, and frequent communication between the Alumni and the U.S. teacher is an essential part of this program.
What am I responsible for? Prior to the U.S. teacher’s travel , you are required to suggest appropriate local hotel accommodations Some TEA Alumni offer to host the U.S. teacher in his or her home. If you are comfortable suggesting this, you may suggest it to the U.S. teacher. However, it is ultimately the U.S. teacher’s decision about what he or she is comfortable with. Your U.S. teacher might not feel comfortable staying in your family’s home for 2 weeks. Do not feel offended if the U.S. teacher declines your offer! It is a matter of personal comfort levels. The U.S. teacher will receive a stipend to pay for his or her accommodations. If you offer your home, the U.S. teacher is *not* permitted to pay anything to you or your family for hosting. The majority of U.S. teachers stay in a hotel.
What am I responsible for? When the U.S. teacher is in your country , you are required to fulfill the agenda and workshop plan that you and the U.S. teacher have created together. IREX knows that plans sometimes change. This is okay! It is important to be flexible about your plans because sometimes things may not go exactly as you have anticipated.
IREX purchases the U.S. Teacher’s airfare. IREX provides each U.S. Teacher with a small allowance to pay for his/her meals and accommodations during the 2-week visit. This is not a lot of extra spending money, it is just enough to cover the U.S. teacher’s meals and accomodations. IREX will not accept any receipts or make any reimbursements for expenses incurred during the U.S. Teacher’s visit. There is one exception to this: if you pick up the U.S. teacher from the airport --- this costs will be reimbursed. You should give the receipt to the U.S. teacher and he or she will reimburse you, and then IREX will reimburse the U.S. teacher. TEA Alumni are not expected to have ANY EXPENSES related to the U.S. Teacher’s visit. It is perfectly acceptable to invite the U.S. teacher to have dinner at your home, or to go out to a restaurant. If there is an interest in engaging in cultural activities, you should plan to discuss this with the U.S. teacher PRIOR TO HIS OR HER TRAVEL in order to determine what financial constraints might be related to additional activities. You need to be able to step out of your comfort zone in order to discuss these financial matters with the U.S. teacher. Discussing finances is always somewhat uncomfortable, but it is important to be open and honest about what is expected. These conversations should be happen BEFORE the U.S. teacher travels.
As a part of your application to host a U.S. teacher, IREX asks you to create an example day-by-day schedule based on the needs and resources of your school community. This is a very important part of your application. IREX wants to see that you have a good idea of what you would like to do with the U.S. teacher even before you are selected as a host. In your application, you need to provide an example day-by-day schedule for the full TWO WEEKS A sample draft schedule is included in the application Make sure that your application reflects the actual time you have in your day– don’t copy from the sample in the application. We want you to be realistic. After you are selected as a host and start having discussions with the U.S. teacher who will be visiting you, this day-by-day schedule will probably change based on your collaboration together You will collaborate with the U.S. teacher to revise the day-by-day schedule In your application, you also need to indicate when your school is in session. We want to make sure that regular classes are meeting when the U.S. teacher travels to your school! You must provide accurate information about all school vacations, holidays, and testing times.
In addition to the day-by-day schedule, you will also collaborate with the U.S. teacher to design an 8-hour workshop agenda based on the needs of your school. The U.S. teacher will send a final workshop agenda to IREX a few weeks before the U.S. teacher travels. In the past, U.S. Teachers have led workshops on various topics of interest These are some examples of 8-hour workshops that U.S. teachers have delivered in the past during their exchange visit. Sometimes the 8-hour workshops are divided into four smaller 2-hour trainings, each on a different topic
Sometimes a TEA Fellow will write on his application that he really wants to host an English teacher in his school, but he is offered a Social Studies teacher instead. It is not always possible for IREX to accommodate everyone’s preferences, because there are so many different variables that come in to play. It is important to be flexible.
This text comes from the Agreement document that the director of your school must sign if you are selected to host a U.S. teacher. We need to know that your school administration is on board with your plans! Remember the “Terms & Conditions” that you signed when you were accepted to the TEA Program? This is a similar type of document. Logistical Requirements (read slide) The host institution is required to provide translation for the U.S. teacher during his/her stay. What do you think this means? All the TEA Fellows speak English. You also speak your home language. You are the best person to provide this translation service. Reporting Requirements (read slide)
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Host a U.S. Teacher Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)
Prior to the U.S. teacher’s travel , you are required to correspond regularly with the U.S. teacher (email, Skype) to collaboratively develop: a resource assessment, an agenda for the two-week visit, and a plan for an 8-hour workshop.
We expect bi-weekly communication at a minimum (at least once every 2 weeks)
IREX provides each U.S. Teacher with a modest allowance to pay for his/her meals and accommodations during the 2-week visit.
IREX will not accept any receipts or make any reimbursements for expenses incurred during the U.S. Teacher’s visit.
TEA Alumni are not expected to have any expenses related to the U.S. Teacher’s visit.
If I host a U.S. Teacher ….
Day-by-Day Schedule Day Two 7:00 am - 8:00 am: Breakfast 9:00 am: Welcome: Meet staff and tour of school 10:00 am: 4th period – 6th grade English TEA international teacher will teach a lesson on listening skills –The lesson will be observed by the U.S. teacher and the school’s EFL teachers. 12:00 pm: Lunch 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: 6th period – 8th grade World History US teacher will have a chance to get acquainted with history teachers’ projects – teaching Geography, Literature, and Civics through an integrated curriculum. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Debrief with history teachers to discuss the interactive methods that were used during the World History lesson 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Meeting with the TEA host teacher to discuss the next day’s team-teaching activity. 4:00 pm: Sightseeing of the Botanical Garden 7:00 pm: Dinner There will be about 15 students in the 6th grade class The class size for 8th grade World History is about 50 students About 10 teachers will participate in the debrief