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International teachers visit CGU for six weeks of professional, cultural development

Monday, October 01, 2012

For the second year in a row, the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the nonprofit organization IREX have chosen Claremont Graduate University (CGU) to host 21 high school teachers from around the world for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program.

TEA is a professional development program co-sponsored by ECA and IREX that places participating teachers, called fellows, at select host universities to enhance their teaching skills, develop expertise in their subject areas, and learn more about the USA.

As part of TEA, the fellows will be paired with American teachers at Claremont, Pomona, Chaffey and Upland School Districts in order to promote global understanding exchange.

In addition to collaboratively teaching in local middle and high schools, the fellows will participate in professional development classes at CGU to develop subject specific strategies, teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and the use of technology for education.

Professor DeLacy Ganley of CGU’s Teacher Education Program leads the university's TEA Program. According to Ganley, TEA is in line with the goal of CGU’s Teacher Education Program to prepare globally aware and culturally relevant educators.

“We're in the business of preparing quality teachers," Ganley said. "Quality teachers have a global perspective and are able to have productive, strong relationships with people regardless of where they're from.”

When the fellows aren’t engaged in professional development, they will have free time to explore the area and enjoy cultural and social activities with each other and their “friendship families,” members of the community who have volunteered to share their lives with the fellows in the name of promoting global understanding and friendship.

The 21 fellows come from 16 countries: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Panama, Romania, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.  All are experienced English teachers.

The fellows will stay for six weeks. They arrived on September 21 and will depart on November 5.

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