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Other Professional Development Opportunities

This page lists professional development opportunities offered by outside organizations, including grants and funding that support teacher travel and field trips.  The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies maintains a list of K-12 opportunities specifically focused on that region.

For more information, please follow the links and contact the sponsors directly.

Funding and Grants

Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP)

Application Deadline: Varies, usually January
Funded by the US Department of State through the American Councils for International Education.

TCLP places language teachers from China and Egypt in U.S. host schools for an academic year to teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture. TCLP provides teachers’ salaries, healthcare, round-trip airfare, training, and ongoing program support.

To learn more or apply to TCLP, please visit https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/teachers-critical-languages-program.                                                       

K-12 Student Scholarships

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at www.usagermanyscholarship.org. Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December to January, depending on state of residency.


Summer Programs for High School Students: Jordan

  • Expand your understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East.
  • Visit natural, historical, and cultural landmarks throughout  Jordan.
  • Develop writing, research, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in college.
  • Earn a Columbia University Statement of Attendance and written evaluations from Columbia-affiliated teachers

A pre-college summer program for students entering grades 11 or 12 or freshman year of college, organized in collaboration with King's Academy in Jordan and facilitated by the Columbia University Middle East Research Center in Amman. The program is conducted in English; no knowledge of Arabic is required.

This program combines substantive reading and coursework with firsthand experience in an Arab country. Students live and study at King's Academy in Manja, Jordan, and travel extensively throughout Jordan with a variety of local guides and organizations. Participants emerge with a working knowledge of the history and cultures of the modern Arab world, phrases in conversational Arabic, valuable skills applicable in any academic context, and unforgettable experiences of life in Jordan.

More information: http://sps.columbia.edu/high-school/jordan


Workshops and Conferences

Communism and American Life

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
June 25 - July 20, 2018
Emory University, Atlanta

Why has the debate about American Communism been so intense and lengthy? Why does it still resonate in American life? What kinds of dilemmas did and does the communist issue pose for democratic societies? What does recent scholarship suggest about such major symbolic issues as the Hiss and Rosenberg cases? These are the kinds of questions that I am interested in exploring in this seminar on Communism and American Life.


Flu! The 1918 Spanish Influenza in U.S. and World History

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
July 9 - 27, 2018
Blacksburg, VA and Washington, DC

The seminar will provide teachers with an opportunity to read and discuss the most recent scholarship on the 1918 Spanish Flu written by American and world historians as well as interdisciplinary studies by epidemiologists, demographers, and public health scholars. In addition, participants will have opportunities to pursue their own research topics, using easily accessible primary sources from online newspaper databases, archived oral histories, and documentation from public health authorities.


Muslim American History and Life

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
July 8-27, 2018
Indianapolis, IN

What does it mean to be both Muslim and American? You are invited to explore this fascinating and important question this coming summer. You will read compelling texts and conduct engaging field trips as you study the diverse facets of Muslim American identity, both as grounded in the past and as experienced in the present. As an NEH Summer Scholar, you will reflect on and discuss thirty primary source documents and two major academic monographs; visit two mosques; and make a final presentation about how you will integrate teaching about Muslim Americans into your classroom.


Reading Material Maps in the Digital Age

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers

July 9-August 3, 2018
Chicago, IL

Reading Material Maps is designed to help teachers develop their cartographic literacy through exposure to current scholarship and original map documents.  This seminar will provide sixteen K-12 educators with the opportunity to develop critical map reading skills in the presence of an impressive archive of five centuries of material cartography.  Grounded in the renowned map collections of the Newberry Library, this program will consist of seminar sessions, readings, workshops, field trips, and personal research.


Roman Daily Life in Petronius and Pompeii

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
July 16-August 3, 2018
St. Peter, MN

The most important and engaging sources for Roman daily life are the Satyricon of Petronius and the city of Pompeii. This three-week summer seminar for K-12 teachers offers an opportunity to explore various topics of Roman daily life through an in-depth examination of these two bodies of evidence. Time will be spent in daily reading and discussion of the Latin text of Petronius’ Satyricon. We will also investigate every corner of Pompeii, from its grandest houses to its inns, forum, baths, bars, and brothel. Through analysis of all types of evidence, from wall paintings to architecture to graffiti, we will develop our understanding of many aspects of Roman daily life including food, sex, slavery, fashion, friendship, entertainment, education, work, and death.


Enduring Legacies of the Global Mongol Empire

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
July 16-August 10, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

This NEH Summer Institute will offer K-12 educators humanities-focused resources to help broaden curriculum to include a growing trend toward interlocking histories using the Great Mongol Empire as the theme. Even though the Mongol Empire lasted less than a century, it inextricably linked Europe to Asia, ushering in a period of frequent and extended contacts between East and West.


A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers
July 15-27, 2018
New York, NY

The institute will examine the high regard for poetry and its relationship to music and visual arts in several cultures of the Muslim world, both historically and in contemporary society. It draws on the arts from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and West Africa to give teachers, and ultimately their students, an opportunity to deepen their understanding and knowledge of Muslim cultures and the contributions of Islamic civilizations to world literature, history, and culture.


Summer Russian Language Teachers' Program

This summer, spend six weeks at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen) studying Russian language, pedagogy, and culture with other pre- and in-service Russian language teachers. Finalists receive substantive Fulbright-Hays funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Are you working as a K-12 or university-level Russian teacher? Are you a graduate student studying to become a Russian teacher? The Summer Russian Language Teachers Program provides fellowship support for Russian teachers and graduate students to study Russian language, pedagogy, and culture at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen) in St. Petersburg for a six week summer session.

The American Councils Summer Russian Language Teachers Program offers qualified U.S. pre- and in-service teachers of Russian language and culture from elementary schools, high schools, and universities the opportunity to improve Russian language skills while developing a portfolio of authentic teaching materials for use in the classroom. Courses on Russian language, pedagogy, and culture are led by distinguished faculty from the Russian State Pedagogical University's Department of Philology. The program is six-weeks long, and takes place from late-June to mid-August.

To be eligible for Fulbright-Hays funding applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are currently serving as K-12- or university-level teachers of Russian language and culture, or graduate students who intend a teaching career. Applications from K-12 teachers of Russian are especially encouraged.

Note: Applications were not open for 2017. For more information, visit http://www.acrussiaabroad.org/?action=program&prog=SRLTP.


Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

Havana, Cuba
June 23 - July 7, 2016
Cost: $3,500 (excludes airfare to Tampa, Florida)
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies is offering a unique summer study abroad program for K-12 teachers in Havana, Cuba in 2018. This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don't miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

TO APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: 
http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/page/LARCinCuba16