2011 Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program @ CGU

Nearly two dozen high school teachers from around the world are coming to Claremont Graduate University (CGU) this fall for a rigorous program designed to help them develop expertise in their subject areas and enhance their classroom skills.

CGU is one of four universities in the United States chosen to host fellows from the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program. The program, funded by a grant from the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, aims to build lasting relationships that promote international understanding and collaboration between US and international teachers and students.

The 22 fellows come from Colombia, Ukraine, India, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Romania, Ghana, Rwanda, and El Salvador. All are experienced in teaching English, social studies, history or economics.

The Teacher Education Internship Program (TEIP) in CGU's School of Educational Studies organized the visit in conjunction with IREX, a nonprofit organization that implements the TEA program on behalf of the Department of State. DeLacy Ganley, co-director of the TEIP, said the partnership is in line with TEIP’s mission of preparing globally aware educators.

"Part of being a teacher today is having a global perspective and being culturally relevant," Ganley said. "This is a fantastic opportunity not only for the fellows, but also for our students here in the School of Educational Studies. I have no doubt that we will learn as much from them as they do from us."

Fellows will attend professional development classes at CGU focusing on training in teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and the use of technology for education. The program includes subject-specific strategies for teachers in the disciplines of English, history, social studies, and economics.

Fellows will also spend time in nearby high school and middle school classrooms, where they will work closely with partner teachers and students to get a firsthand look at a U.S. public education system.

When not engaged in studies, fellows will be invited to cultural and social activities, spend time with local families, and have free time to explore and learn independently.

Ganley designed the TEA program for CGU and is the project’s faculty director Anita Quintanar will serve as director of operations.

This website was created as a venue for collaboration, sharing and archiving of all activities related to the 2011 TEA IREX program at Claremont Graduate University.