Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators 2024
Deadline to submit applications: December 10, 2023
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U.S. Embassy in Managua invites interested secondary school educators and school administrators to apply to the Summer 2024 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators. The program will take place over the course of five weeks between late May and early June 2024.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs that provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The program goal is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.
The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including secondary school teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The Institutes focus on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the Institutes for teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy. The third Institute is tailored to experienced administrators, including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and others.
Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The programs will also illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The four-week academic residencies will take place at U.S. university and college campuses and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities. One-week study tours to a different region will complement the academic residencies and showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.
The program features curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society. Community service activities are a key cultural component of the program and provide participants with a first-hand experience of how volunteerism plays a vital role in U.S. society. The program will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop.
This program is highly competitive. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to enhance, update, or develop courses and/or educational materials with U.S. studies focus or component. Please read requirements below:
- Nicaraguan citizen residing in Nicaragua.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent diploma from a Nicaraguan university.
- Highly motivated English teachers or school administrators whose students are approximately 14-18 years of age.
- Have at least three years of teaching or school administration experience in a Nicaraguan educational institution.
- Commitment to continue teaching in the future.
- Good English language skills (minimum 520 TOEFL score)
- Candidates must be between 30 and 50 years old.
- Complete application form. Download here (MS Word ‘ 256kb)
HOW TO APPLY
Please send your application and copy of your cedula to the email address PASManagua@state.gov. Please use subject title “Your Complete Name – SUSI 2024 for Secondary Educators.” Example: Katherine Johnson – SUSI 2024 for Secondary Educators.
If you have any questions, please send an email to PASManagua@state.gov. Use the subject title “SUSI 2024 for Secondary Educators”.
This program is under the auspices of the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.