Secondary School Educators and Administrators

Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators and Administrators

CURRENT STATUS: Closed

Deadline for Application Submission: December 25, 2015 at 11:59 PM Kabul time. Late applications will not be accepted.

Submit Your Application Package To:KabulScholarshipInfo@state.gov

Download the MS Word Application and Instructions:  Application (Microsoft Word 150 KB)

Program Announcement:  Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators (5-weeks)

The Public Affairs Section is soliciting applications for participation in a five-week U.S.-exchange program: Study of The U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators (teachers and administrators).  The Institute is projected to take place in May-June 2016; exact dates will be announced later.

Applications are due to the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy in Kabul no later than Monday, December 25th, 2015, 11:59 PM Kabul time.  Please download your application here

Once you have completed your application, send it in PDF and Wordformat to: KabulScholarshipInfo@state.gov.  In the subject line of your email, include your name and the specific program for which you are applying.

Program Overview

Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) for Secondary Educators is an intensive post-graduate level academic program whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school educators and administrators with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Unites States’ society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the Institute is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.

Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered: two will focus on classroom teachers and a third with a focus on administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook authors, and Ministry of Education officials.  Each Institute includes a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.

We will select one current teacher and one administrator for the program.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit our website page to obtain general information about the Institutes.  The address is:http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/study-us-institutes.

Institute Description: Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary School Educators – Teachers

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators (Teachers) will provide two multinational groups 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 content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  Please note that the main focus of the Institutes for teachers is on content and materials about the United States, and do not provide training on teaching methods and pedagogy.  The Institutes are organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization.  Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values.  The program will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.  The four week academic residency will be complemented by a one week study tour.  The aim of the study tour is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.  The program will take place in late May through June 2016.

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators – Administrators

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’s theme, “Exploring Access and Equity in U.S. Education and Society” will focus on education, immigration, and civic engagement within U.S. society and culture.  The Institute will include an intellectually rigorous academic residency component, meetings with regional educators and prominent community leaders, guided independent research, visits to topically relevant sites, a two-week study tour, and the completion of a research project.  The program will take place in early June through mid-July, 2016.

Who can apply for the program?

Participants must be Afghan citizens, and should be mid-career professionals, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly-motivated and experienced secondary school educators.  Ideal candidates are secondary school teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, secondary school administrators, or other related professionals with responsibility for secondary education. Ideal candidates for Secondary Educator Institutes are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields.

Candidates should have limited or no prior experience in the United States, strong leadership potential, and an interest to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level program.  While the nominee’s scholarly and professional credentials are an important consideration, the potential impact and multiplier effect of their Institute is equally important.

English language fluency: Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency.  Institutes are rigorous and demanding programs.  Participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English, and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions.  English fluency is vital to a successful experience in the Institute.

Priority consideration: Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour.  They must be comfortable with campus life and an active program schedule.  Studies of the U.S. Institutes are highly competitive. 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, and who have special interest in the program subject areas as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.

How to apply

Interested candidates must submit the below documents toKabulScholarshipInfo@state.gov

  • Completed application form in PDF and Word format (including personal statement)
  • Resume/CV
  • 1 Recommendation Letter from employer or professor

The candidate must complete the application form and submit it by the deadline no later than Monday, December 21st, 2015, 11:59 PM Kabul time via KabulScholarshipInfo@state.gov

Key Program Information:

The final Afghan nomination(s) will be selected by the Kabul Public Affairs Section in accordance with the program objectives and guidelines.  Kabul Public Affairs will handle all logistics concerning any accepted nominee’s participation.  Please note:

  • Participants may be asked to share living quarters during the residency portion (four weeks) of the Institute.  Private room accommodations cannot be guaranteed during the residency portion of the program.  During the study tour (up to one week), participants may share a hotel room with a participant of the same gender.  During the residency, housing will typically 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.
  • 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 teaching methodology and pedagogical methods will not be addressed formally in the institute. The institute should not be viewed as a research program.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel in Public Affairs at Embassy Kabul and selections will be made for interviews. One teacher and one administrator candidate will be selected. Candidates will be notified of their interview time by email within three weeks of the application deadline.
  • The institute is very intensive and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.  The institute should not be viewed as a research program.

Questions?

Please address any questions about this program to the Public Affairs Exchanges mailbox via KabulScholarshipInfo@state.gov