Overall eligibility requirements: Secondary school teachers and administrators from Burke County, North Carolina and Mary Region, Turkmenistan.
U.S. candidates must be:
-Employed in Burke County, North Carolina as a middle school or high school (grades 6 through 12) teacher or administrator;
-Able to travel to Turkmenistan for 10 days in Spring 2009 or Spring 2010;
-Willing to host a teacher or administrator from Turkmenistan in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010;
-A U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
-Recognized as an enthusiastic and engaged teacher or administrator and;
-An active member of your school and local community.
-Preference will be given to teachers who have taught a full academic year in the Burke County school system.
Cadidates from Turkmenistan must:
-Be a citizen of Turkmenistan;
-Have graduated from a university, pedagogical institute or pedagogical university;
-Not have spent a substantive period in the United States on a U.S.-government funded program in the past five years (For the purpose of this application, more than 30 consecutive days constitutes a substantive period of time);
-Be presently employed as a secondary school teacher or administrator in an accredited secondary school (grades 5-11);
-Have a minimum of five academic years teaching in the application field;
-Intend to continue teaching or administering in a school in the Mary Province of Turkmenistan for two years AFTER returning from the United States;
-Be willing to host a U.S. teacher or administrator for 10 days in Spring 2009 or 2010; and
-Be able to embark on a 20 day program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010.
Three to Four Weeks
November 28, 2008(Turkmenistan), December 5, 2008 (U.S.)
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
SSLP aims to break down stereotypes that divide peoples and to help develop institutional and personal linkages between secondary schools in Burke County, North Carolina and partner institutions in the Mary Region, Turkmenistan. Winning secondary school teachers and administrators from both nations will participate in a series of partnership building activities, including study tours to the U.S. and Turkmenistan. Professional and cultural activities will make up the majority of the program. Returning participants are expected to conduct workshops with colleagues in their communities to share the knowledge gained from their time spent in the U.S. Participants and their schools are encouraged to develop contacts with the U.S., which will result in long-term partnerships.