Teachers to Teachers: Language, Technology, Math, and Science Exchange

Through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, American Councils administered Teachers to Teachers: Language, Technology, Math, and Science Exchange Program (LTMS). With support from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Uchitelskaya Gazeta, and local education departments, the program aimed to recognize the excellence and commitment of secondary school teachers and teacher-trainers in a broad range of subjects by providing U.S. based professional development seminars, practical classroom-learning opportunities, and preparation to conduct post-program professional development workshops for colleagues in Russia. Professional development seminars were offered in teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and workshop design and implementation.

LTMS gave Russian educators from across the curriculum the opportunity to participate in an integrated university program that included teaching discipline-related seminars, internships and visits to U.S. schools, and professional development activities. While in the U.S., these teachers developed new teaching methods, created or expanded materials and curricula, and prepared professional development workshops for colleagues in their home country. 

A four-week seminar for EFL teachers hosted by a U.S. university or college took take place in the fall of 2009. Sufficient knowledge of English to understand lectures and written materials and to communicate with U.S. counterparts in both professional and social settings was required. 

A three-week seminar for math, the hard sciences, and information technology teachers hosted by a U.S. university of college took place in the winter of 2010. English language skills were not a requirement.

Following the U.S. program, Russian participants held in-country workshops for non-English speaking colleagues. Teachers from the following regions participated in the professional development seminars in 2009-10: Ivanovo, Kaluga, Kursk, Penza, and Voronezh oblasts. 

Teachers to Teachers also included U.S. teachers who overlapped with their Russian counterparts during their university programs at a U.S.-Russia Joint Teacher Conference where they shared best practices, brainstormed joint classroom projects, and discussed reciprocal visits. A three-day cross-cultural conference was held at a U.S. university site with Russian teachers of comparable disciplines in October 2009 for EFL teachers, and in February 2010 for math, science, and informational technology teachers. Each spring, ten award-wining U.S. middle school and high school teachers of EFL, history, social studies, math, hard sciences, or informational technology were invited to participate in the program. The finalists traveled to Russia for two to three weeks in March 2010 to visit schools and communities of their winning Russian counterparts, and stayed in their homes, participated in teacher education programs, methodological seminars, classroom teaching, cultural exchange programs, and a variety of professional development activities. 

As Russian and American teachers returned home, American Councils, in collaboration with ECA, supported their alumni to share what they learned and experienced with their colleagues.

Contact Email: oivanova@actr.ruBdunbar@americancouncils.orgBdunbar@americancouncils.org

Eligibility: 

RUSSIAN TEACHERS
Russian secondary school teachers and teacher-trainers from the regions listed above were invited to apply for the Teachers to Teachers exchange by submitting a completed application plus two copies to American Councils. Through an open, merit-based competition, candidates were evaluated according to the following criteria: Candidate's Ability to Teach (in the field of application), Innovation in Teaching, Awareness and Commitment to Diversity and Plurality, Professionalism, and Leadership. 

U.S TEACHERS
U.S. middle school and high school teachers of EFL, history, social studies, math, hard sciences, or informational technology were invited to participate in the program. 

Program Length Details: 

A four-week seminar for EFL teachers hosted by a U.S. university or college will take place in the fall of 2009. Sufficient knowledge of English to understand lectures and written materials and to communicate with U.S. counterparts in both professional and social settings is required. 

A three-week seminar for math, the hard sciences, and information technology teachers hosted by a U.S. university of college will take place in the winter of 2010. English language skills are not a requirement.
 

Deadline: 

This program has been discontinued.

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