ABF Launches a New Training Program for Teachers in the United States

The Educational Leaders Training Program (ELTP) is the fourth new component of the Bulgaria Young Leaders Program funded by the America for Bulgaria Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) for a third year in a row. ELTP will bring 10 Bulgarian secondary school educators to the U.S. for a dynamic three-week professional development and training program.

The goal of ELTP is to introduce program participants to the latest pedagogical innovations in the U.S., as well as to foster professional collaboration between outstanding Bulgarian and U.S. teachers. To achieve its goal, the program will have two distinct, but integrated components: an academic training experience at a leading graduate school of education in New York City and a networking/practical training opportunity in select New York City high-schools.

ELTP’s academic training component will focus on the following key themes:

  • Fostering and implementing innovative pedagogical methods in the classroom.
  • Using technology to transform the classroom experience.
  • Tracking student progress and measuring success.
  • Instructional models in the education of gifted students.

ELTP’s networking/practical training components will entail pairing program participants with Master teachers at some of New York City’s most innovative, creative and results-driven high schools. During their practical training component, participants will shadow the Master teachers and observe their teaching styles and classroom interactions. At the end of each class day, the Bulgarian educators will have the opportunity to debrief with their U.S. counterparts and ask in-depth questions about what they experienced throughout the day.

ELTP Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be Bulgarian citizens who currently work and reside in Bulgaria.
  • Applicants must be secondary school teachers at state or municipal schools.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English.
  • Applicants must have no more than 10 years of relevant professional experience as school teachers.
  • Applicants must be interested in incorporating media and technology in the classroom.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of intellectual curiosity, striving for excellence in the classroom and be committed to pedagogical innovation.

Applicants should download, complete and submit their application in an electronic format as a Word document attachment via e-mail to [email protected] . The application deadline is Monday, February 13, 2012. Shortlisted applicants will be called for in-person interviews and will be required to take an English language test. The interviews and the language exam will take place during the week of March 5, 2012.

ELTP Application(Word)

What does the program offer?Selected educators will spend 21 days of training in USA, covering:

  • Transportation to and from USA
  • Accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Group meals
  • Insurance
  • Tuition
  • Training manuals and education materials

For more information, please contact the program administrator at [email protected]

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