Become a cosmopolitan educator: 3 more ways to see the world for free

Posted on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 @ 14:06 PM

professional development for teachersLast week we hunted down five travel and professional development opportunities for educators and this week we’ve got three more. Even if money is tight, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that those listed below are completely (or almost completely) funded by non-profit grants. While you may have missed some of the 2013 deadlines, we’re hoping that you have a little more time this summer to prepare your applications for 2014! 

Become a cosmopolitan educator: 3 more ways to see the world for free

The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program offers one-to-one exchanges for primary and secondary teachers. Seven countries (including the United States) participate in the program with the goal of helping educators develop an increased understanding of the language, culture and academic field of the country. Although you’ve missed the application deadline for 2013, you have until October 15 to apply for the 2014-15 deadlines.

The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program  offers educators the opportunity to spend three to six months taking classes at an international university, observing classes, offering seminars in local schools, or even undertaking a project of your own design. This program is open to all:

  • Current full-time elementary through high school teachers
  • Guidance counsellors
  • Curriculum specialists
  • Curriculum heads
  • Talented and Gifted coordinators
  • Special Education coordinators
  • Media specialists/librarians

To learn more about eligibility, click here.  To sign up for the 2014-15 application notification, click here.

The Transatlantic Outreach Program Study Tour sends educators to Germany every summer on all-expense-paid two-week study tours, exposing them the government and education systems, large and small businesses, and various examples of culture.

Your part of the bargain is that once you complete your tour, you are expected to write a unit of learning as well as conduct two in-service training workshops. Eligible applicants include the following from the United States and Canada:

  • Social Studies teachers (grades K-12)
  • Social Studies methods professors
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Principals/assistant principals
  • Applicable States’ Department of Education employees

Be sure to check back at the site often as the 2014 study tour application form will be updated in the fall.


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