Dear Madrichot and Coordinators, Pat has asked me to forward the attached to you. Ora ----- Forwarded Message ----- *From:* "Stein, Jackie" <SteinJX@xxxxxxxxx> *To:* Pat Talshir <ptalshir@xxxxxxxxxxx>; Harold and Evrea Bergstein < harold@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> *Sent:* Tuesday, 3 December 2013, 14:55 *Subject:* 2014 Study of U.S. Institutes for secondary educators and curriculum developers Dear friends, The U.S. Embassy in Israel’s Office of Public Diplomacy is happy to send you information about a 5-week study tour in the U.S. scheduled for the summer of 2014. The course which is completely sponsored by the US. State Department is for high school teachers, administrators, teacher trainers and curriculum developers. Please circulate this amongst relevant educators that you work with. Interested parties should fill out the attached form and send to our colleague Risa Levy. *Please note that the deadline for submissions is December 15.* If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us. With best regards, --Jackie *Jackie Stein* Cultural Program Specialist American Center, Jerusalem Tel. office 972-2-625-5755 ext. 321 Tel. mobile 972-57-420-6837 Fax: 972-2-624-2560 Email: *Steinjx@xxxxxxxxx <Steinjx@xxxxxxxxx>* Visit our website: http://israel.usembassy.gov/ *[image: cid:image001.jpg@01CCCFB0.DC196FB0]Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/US-Embassy-Tel-Aviv-Israel/53009940621> [image: cid:image002.jpg@01CCCFB0.DC196FB0]Twitter <https://twitter.com/usembassyta> [image: cid:image003.jpg@01CCCFB0.DC196FB0]YouTube <http://www.youtube.com/user/USEmbassyTelAviv> [image: cid:image004.jpg@01CCCFB0.DC196FB0]Flickr <http://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassyta/sets/>* *In accordance with the policies and procedures outlined in Executive Order 12958, this e-mail is UNCLASSIFIED* *The Public Affairs Office, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv is soliciting applications for * *The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Educators – Summer 2014 (5 weeks)* These institutes are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours with the purpose of providing foreign secondary educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture and institutions. The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to improve the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad - The first two Institutes will target *secondary educators* (teachers) whose primary activities is classroom teaching – the focus of the institute will be on providing materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. The institute may be organized around a central theme(s) in U.S. civilization – through a combination of traditional, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will elucidate the history and evolution of US 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 rich cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the U.S. Host TBD. - The third institute will target *administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers etc.* and will provide the participants with a deeper understanding of US society, education and culture – past and present, The program will focus on education, immigration and civic engagement within US society and culture. The program will include a four week residency component (including meetings with regional educators and prominent community leaders), a one-week study tour, and the completion of a research project. Host TBD. v Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50, highly motivated and experienced secondary educators *with little or no prior experience in the U.S., *whose home institution is seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. Studies into its curricula, to develop new courses in the subject of the institute, to enhance and update existing courses on the United States, or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies. The potential impact and multiplier effect of the Institute is very important. v Candidates must demonstrate English language fluency. The institutes are rigorous and demanding; participants will be expected to handle substantial reading assignments in English and to fully and actively participate in all seminar and panel discussions. The institutes are highly competitive and only *one *participant per country per seminar will be selected. The ideal candidate for these institutes are secondary teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, MoE officials, or other related professionals who are seeking to introduce aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula. Priority will be given to candidates who have firm plans to develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component. The State Department will cover all program costs, including international travel (economy class). *Housing and meals:* Typically, participants will most likely share a room during the residency portion (4 weeks) of the institute, and will *share* a hotel room during the study tour (one week). 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*.* *Health Benefits:* All participants will receive the Department of State’s coverage of $100,000 with a $15 co-pay per office visit. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Participants are expected to participate fully in this intensive program and study tour. They are expected to attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings. Family members and/or friends cannot accompany participants. The institutes should not be viewed as a research program. Interested candidates should complete the attached application form and submit to *Risa Levy* at the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy, Tel Aviv: Levyrx@xxxxxxxxx no later than *December 15, 2013.* Please visit http://exchanges.state.gov/susi for general information.
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