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Apply for the U.S. Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program Today!

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is pleased to announce the annual call for applications for the 2021-2022 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program.

TEA is a six-week professional development program for outstanding secondary-level teachers, preferably in public schools in Nigeria. Selected teachers will travel to the United States and participate in either of two cohorts at a U.S. university, Spring (January 2022) or Fall (September 2022).

TEA is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX, a U.S. based NGO and the Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria.

Application and Instructions:

Applications must be completed online at https://fulbright.irex.org/ . N husbande applicant registration should follow “Click here to start a new application.”

Program Overview:

TEA provides general academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice. The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a 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. The program will provide participants with practical resources they can use in their teaching, as well as skills to train trainers.

After returning home, teachers who successfully complete the program will be eligible to compete for small grant awards for essential teaching materials, follow-on training for other teachers, collaborative projects between participating American schools and their home schools in Nigeria, and other activities that build on the exchange experience.

Note:

The TEA program promotes diversity in the classroom and in learning, and it supports inclusion. We strongly encourage teachers with disabilities to apply.

Purpose of the Program:

TEA offers a unique opportunity for outstanding secondary school teachers who lack international exposure and is designed to:

develop expertise in their subject areas;

enhance their teaching skills;

increase their knowledge of the United States;

develop productive and lasting relationships and mutual understanding between U.S. and international teachers and their students.

prepare participants to serve as teacher leaders who, upon returning home, will apply and share their experience and skills with their peers and students.

Grant Benefits:

TEA provides J-1 visa support, a pre-departure orientation, round-trip airfare to and within the U.S, a welcome orientation in Washington, D.C., academic program fees, housing and meals, accident and sickness health care coverage, transportation to the teaching practicum school (as needed), a daily allowance for incidentals during the academic program, baggage allowance, and the opportunity for alumni in good standing to apply for alumni small grants.

Note: TEA program does not cover travel of family members; hence participants will not be allowed to travel with spouse, children, relatives and friends to the United States even at their own expense.

Eligible Teaching Disciplines for TEA are:

· English or English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

· Social Studies (civics, history, geography, global studies, etc.)

· Mathematics

· Science

· Special Education in the disciplines listed above

TEA Eligibility:

Fulbright TEA fellows are selected through a merit-based, open competition based on eligibility criteria below. Applicants must:

be citizens of Nigeria and currently residing in the country;

have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience;

be current secondary school-level, full-time teachers, including special education teachers at secondary schools that serve primarily local (not expatriate) population;

have five or more years of classroom teaching experience;

ability to express ideas clearly and effectively;

demonstrate English language skills adequate to manage coursework, develop lesson plans, and team-teach in U.S. schools. The candidates must earn a minimum score of 80 in the internet based TOEFL–IBT test. PAS will provide vouchers for shortlisted candidates to cover testing fees;

have leadership skills and ability to motivate students to learn in an emphatic manner;

preparedness (including maturity, flexibility, and ability to function independently) for an intensive U.S.-based program at a U.S. university with very limited free time for personal travel or sightseeing;

willingness and capacity to work and live collaboratively with international peers to foster a positive learning community for professional development;

demonstrate potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and Nigerian educational institutions and schools;

have high motivation and a serious commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program as scheduled and to returning home;

ideal candidates will have little or no prior experience in the United States;

we seeks applicants that have developed a sense of personal integrity and are original thinkers. Applicants that are found to have plagiarized in their application will be disqualified.

Teachers who have participated in the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) are not eligible for TEA.

For additional information on the program, please visit https://www.irex.org/fulbright-tea

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