2019 Study of the United States Institutes For Secondary School Educators (Teachers/Administrators)

The U.S. Embassy is now accepting applications for the Study of the United States Institutes for Secondary School Educators (SUSI).  SUSI programs are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, and institutions.  The ultimate goal is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.  The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will take place over the course of five weeks in the June 2019.  Three Institutes for Secondary Educators will be offered, two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials, among others.  Each Institute will have 20 participants and will include a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour. The U.S. Embassy welcomes nominations for individuals with disabilities.

Program Overview:

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators will provide three multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school educators (including teachers, administrators, 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 focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.  Two of the Institutes are tailored for secondary school teachers; please note that the Institutes for Teachers focus on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy.  The third Institute is tailored for experienced administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others.

Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined.  The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society.  The four week academic residencies will take place at U.S. universities, colleges, or other academic institutions and will consist of a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities.

One week study tours to a different region of the United States will complement the four week academic residencies.  One goal of the study tours is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.  The program features curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society.  A key cultural component of the program involves community service activities, which will provide participants with a first-hand experience of how volunteerism plays a vital role in U.S. civil society.  The program will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, grant-funded follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop at the end of the three-year award period.

The University of Montana in Missoula, MT will oversee and administer the three Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators under the unifying theme of “Liberty, Equality, and the American Dream.”  All three Institutes will examine this topic through a different lens, capitalizing on the resources and culture of each location:

  • The University of Montana (UM) in Missoula, MT will host one Institute for Teachers from approximately June 2 to July 7, 2019. The Institute will explore American studies through the lens of democracy and citizenship.
  • The Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts will host the second Institute for Teachers from June 8 to July 12, 2019.  The Institute will explore the ways in which individual rights and social obligations have evolved through American history.
  • California State University at Chico will host the Institute for Administrators from June 5 to July 10, 2019.

Within the overarching shared theme, the Institute will focus on access and equity in U.S. education and society.  All three Institutes will conclude with one-week study tours that end in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must be Lebanese or long-term Palestinian residents. American citizens or green card holders are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates should be mid-career, typically between the ages of 30-50.
  • Highly-motivated, experienced secondary school teachers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, or Ministry of Education officials are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program and study tour, and comfortable with campus life.
  • Candidates should be fluent in English.
  • Ideal candidates 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.

Applications:

As with all U.S. Embassy-sponsored programs, the U.S. Government pays for all major expenses, including roundtrip airfare, accommodation, and health insurance.  Competition is merit-based and Lebanese and long-term Palestinian residents in Lebanon from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be selected for interview based on the criteria above. Interviews will take place at the U.S. Embassy Awkar in January 2019. Only selected interviewees will be notified of the details before the interview.