For more information, please contact:
Dr. Carol LeBreck, Program Director
1455 Evergreen Drive River Falls, WI 54022
GLOBAL EDUCATORS PROGRAM
ANSWERS to prospective participants' MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
During the past 20 years, I have arranged school placements for over 500 educators in over 50 countries worldwide; and each year I work with participants to initiate sites in NEW COUNTRIES, or new regions within countries, in response to their very specific and unique requests. I am dedicated to working with you to help you realize your personal goals!
The most common role is for participants to "team-teach alongside" an overseas colleague. In addition, educators often give presentations in a variety of classrooms, assist with special programs in the school, accompany teachers and their students on "field trips or school camp experiences", observe in other classrooms and area schools, etc. On some occasions, teachers might be more heavily involved in teaching…as in the case of teaching ESL in countries in which English is NOT the native language. Ultimately, your role will be determined by your goals, and designed in collaboration with faculty at your host school, to ensure that your international experience is a "mutually beneficial one" for everyone who is involved in your stay!
I will be happy to work with you utilizing any "leads" that you might want me to pursue; or, if there are none, I will "start from the ground floor" and utilize the networks that I have found helpful in the past.
YES, you can choose your own town in a specific country, although I cannot guarantee that a school in the specific town will be willing to host an "overseas educator" from the US during the dates you have chosen.
In general, the costs would include the following:
Since participants are NOT traveling as "a group", individuals are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Regarding travel dates, you will request the preferred dates for your experience; these will obviously be determined to some extent by the school calendar in the country of your choice. However, you can choose to add weeks for additional travel to either end of your trip as your interests/schedule allow...and most participants take full advantage of the opportunity to do so. There is NO set date for beginning or ending your experience.
Most educators will use the credits for "license renewal" (professional development) or for "salary improvement" (salary schedule/lane changes). These credits might be accepted within Masters (or Doctoral) Degree Programs, but you would need to discuss the course and your project plans with YOUR ADVISOR. In past years, educators have been successful in having the credits earned as a result of their participation in this, and similar, "overseas teaching experiences" accepted in established degree programs at a number of different colleges/universities. The University of St. Thomas is a highly regarded, fully accredited university, and your credits will be reported on an official university transcript.
Participants will not attend regularly scheduled class sessions on the University of St. Thomas campus. Your course requirements will include:
Yes! The Global Educators Program: Professional In-service Team is a unique, opportunity for educators to provide and/or participate in professional development with colleagues in other countries. The program is designed for teachers who are interested in a professional international experience that is focused on providing in-service and staff development and who wish to travel with a team of 2 to 4 members.
Depending on the specific program, participants will spend up to four weeks in the host country. Up to one week will be spent team teaching and/or shadowing a colleague in the host school, providing the opportunity to learn about the curriculum and instructional design in that setting. The remaining time will include team teaching/shadowing, but will also include staff development activities focused on a specific topic of interest and/or expertise for the in-service team and the host school. Topics could include--but are not limited to--cooperative learning (or other group learning strategies), multiple intelligences, differentiating the curriculum for specific learner needs (G/T, LD, etc.), inquiry-based or hands-on learning strategies, ESL/EFL, specific discipline techniques or strategies, etc. Specific requests from host schools will determine the topics and schedule.
Schools in Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Tanzania, Paraguay and Russia, have expressed specific interest in a variety of topics. Schools in Mexico, China, Thailand and many other countries are interested in educators who can provide assistance to English language teachers. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with colleagues from other countries in exploring educational practices that will enhance opportunities for young people in that country. Participants will register for two to six graduate credits depending upon placement.
Educators are encouraged to submit their applications by mid-January; earlier is better, especially if the request is for a "new country/location" (or for the Professional In-service Team) which will require additional planning time. The DEADLINE is March 15; although under certain circumstances, placements CAN often be made after that date, and phone inquiries should be made before dismissing the possibility! The Program Application and Course Contract Forms can be downloaded from this site.
E-mail IS a very effective method for communicating with me. Should you prefer, I'd be more than happy to visit with you by phone to work out placement details, brainstorm possibilities, design project work, and respond to your personal questions and concerns!
1455 Evergreen Drive River Falls, WI 54022 715-425-6904 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org