FULBRIGHT TEA – Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program for Teachers (TEA)

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program:

21st CENTURY CLASSROOM MEDIA LITERACY is a six-week program in the U.S. for secondary school-level teachers from 12 countries. Topics of seminars include recognizing bias/propaganda, stereotypes, and misinformation; strategies for improving students’ critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills; how media literacy promotes civic engagement, the role of media in society; fostering cyber safety and digital citizenship in the classroom; technology training.

Timeline:

The application link is also available on the program webpage: https://www.fulbrightteacherexchanges.org/

In addition to the online application questionnaire, please use the following materials:
ISRF – Institutional Support and Reference Form
– LAF – Leave Approval Form
– Online Guide for Applicants
Program Information Sheet

  • Skype or Zoom interviews with successful applicants will be in March 2022
  • TOEFL testing for successful finalists in April at TalTech
  • IREX confirms their selection in August 2022

First Cohort’s program is in January-March 2023; Second Cohort is in September – November 2023

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Teachers of English, social studies, history, civics, communications, or journalism accepted to the program will be placed at a competitively selected university. The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a U.S. secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.  Please note that this is an upper-level university or graduate level academic program for practicing teachers.  The US Embassy Tallinn recruits and nominates candidates from Estonia.

Eligibility 

  • Applicants must be citizens of Estonia, reside and work in the country of citizenship at the time of application and of program participation, and have C1/C2 English skills. 
  • Current secondary-level, full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), social studies, civics, history, global studies, media studies, communications, journalism, law, or related fields at institutions serving primarily a local population are eligible for the program.
  • Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, have at least THREE years of full-time teaching career by the start of the program, and have experience or demonstrated interest in media literacy. Secondary-level teachers include both middle and high school teachers serving students between approximately 12 and 18 years of age.
  • Teachers responsible for teaching additional grade levels must teach middle or high school students more than 50% of their work time to be eligible. The most competitive applicants will have shown evidence of leadership in their schools or districts.
  • Educational administrators (such as representatives or officials of the Ministry of Education) and school administrators who do not teach at least fifty percent of their time, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty, private English Language tutors, and teachers from schools primarily serving expatriates are not eligible.
  • Applicants who have in the past eight years (at the time of application)traveled to the U.S. for degree or exchange programs, e.g., Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) or International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) or to other Western countries for professional development would need additional justification from nominating committees as to why they should be selected to go to the U.S. for the Fulbright TEA program.

English Testing 

If available, applicants must submit a TOEFL, or other English test score (IELTS) as part of the application. If not available at the time of writing the application, the finalists will get a voucher to take the TOEFL iBT in April.

Additional info and forms to be uploaded are available at

https://ee.usembassy.gov/education-culture/tea-program/

Program contact VitsutT@state.gov