Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Secondary School Administrators 2021
The U.S. Embassy in Bratislava and the Slovak Fulbright Commission are pleased to announce Summer 2021 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for experienced secondary school administrators including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others.
The program will utilize a hybrid format with an initial virtual component taking place from June through August 2021. Over a period of approximately two weeks in fall 2021 or winter 2022, an in-person component will take place in the United States at the host institution, contingent upon health, safety, and travel conditions. Exact dates for both program components will be determined at a later time.
The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Administrators are intensive post-graduate level academic programs whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary school administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad. Each Institute will have approximately 20 participants and will be conducted by various colleges, universities, and academic institutions throughout the United States beginning in or after June 2021. Each Institute will include a virtual academic residency and an integrated in-person experience of approximately two weeks at the U.S. host institution. During the academic residency, participants will engage in Institute activities remotely from their home countries. If conditions allow, participants will travel to the U.S. to participate in educational and cultural activities inside and outside of the classroom, such as lectures and site visits to local communities. The in-person component in the U.S. will be organized taking into consideration all necessary safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local and campus authorities.
The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary School Administrators (SUSIs) will provide a multinational group of 20 experienced secondary school administrators (including administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, Ministry of Education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The focus of the Institutes will be on providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States.
Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content will examine the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The programs will also serve to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. Host institutions will offer a virtual program that will include many elements of the traditional in-person program. The in-person component will complement the virtual program at U.S. host institutions and will include, as much as possible, a balanced series of lectures, panels, seminar discussions, readings, workshops, site visits, meetings with practitioners in the field, and cultural activities. The program will feature curriculum based on the study of how America’s foundations and historical development have shaped and continue to inform U.S. politics, economics, and society. All programs will offer multiple opportunities for follow-on engagement through alumni webinars, grant-funded follow-on projects, social media, and an alumni workshop at the end of the award period.
California State University at Chico will conduct the Institute for Administrators and will focus on access and equity in U.S. education and society.
CANDIDATE DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be mid-career (typically between the ages of 30-50), highly motivated, experienced secondary school administrators;
- Demonstrated English language proficiency as it is vital to a successful experience in the Institute;
- Have a graduate degree and substantial knowledge of the thematic area of the Institute or a related field
- Have firm plans to enhance, update or develop courses and/or educational materials with a U.S. studies focus or component;
- Have no prior or limited experience in the United States;
- Have a special interest and experience in the field of secondary education as demonstrated through past scholarship, accomplishments, and professional duties.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars are highly competitive. Ideal candidates are individuals who are seeking to introduce or enhance aspects of U.S. studies into their curricula or to offer specialized seminars/workshops for education professionals in U.S. studies or related fields. Candidates should be willing and able to fully take part in an intensive post-graduate level academic program.
OTHER ESSENTIAL PROGRAM INFORMATION:
Program Funding: ECA (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) will cover all participant costs, including: visa; program administration; domestic travel and ground transportation; visa travel; book, cultural, mailing and incidental allowances; and housing and subsistence.
Program Requirements and Restrictions: Participants must complete the entire virtual program in order to participate in the in-person program component in the United States. Candidates should be aware that they are applying for an intensive, rigorous, academic program and are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the program. The Institute is not a research program. Participants must attend all lectures and organized activities and complete assigned readings. During the U.S. component of the Institute, family members and/or friends may not accompany participants on any part of the program. Candidates should be aware that this is an intensive Institute and there will be little time for personal pursuits unrelated to the program.
English Language Ability: All candidates must be proficient in English so that they can actively participate in the academic program. Host institution will take into account that the level of comprehension and speaking ability of participants may vary and will prepare lectures and discussions that meet the highest academic standards while using language appropriate for participants whose English is their second or third language.
Housing and Meal Arrangements: Each participant will have a private room and bathroom during the in-person portion of the Institute. Most meals will be provided at campus facilities; participants may have access to a kitchen to cook some meals on their own. Care will be taken to ensure that any special requirements regarding diet, daily worship, housing, and medical care are satisfied.
Health Benefits: All participants will receive the Department of State’s Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) health benefit, which provides coverage of up to $100,000 with a $25 co-pay per medical visit and a $75 co-pay per emergency room visit, for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions may be covered up to $100,000, subject to policy exclusions and limitations. COVID-19 is treated like any other illness under the ASPE policy. Information on the health benefit program may be found online at https://www.sevencorners.com/gov/usdos.
Expectations: Violations of program rules, U.S. host institution rules, or U.S. local, state or federal laws may be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
Program Model: The virtual program will consist of a minimum of 36 hours of required programming and will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. To the extent possible, the virtual programming will include lectures, small group discussions, videos, readings, panels, site visits, assignments, and individual and group activities. Participants are required to fully participate in the entire virtual program from their home country. Participants must complete the virtual program in order to continue to the in-person program in the United States. However, if a participant cannot continue onto the in-person U.S. component of the program, they will still receive ECA alumni status and be eligible for all ECA alumni benefits after completion of the virtual program.
Technology Requirements: In order to participate in both the initial virtual program component in their home country, participants must have access to a computer and a stable internet connection. For the in-person component of the program, the host institution will provide participants with access to a computer and internet.
Participation: Participants will be expected to actively engage in all programs activities, and therefore, should notify immediately the host institution of any issues with their online access during the duration of the program as well as any difficulties affecting their participation.
The application period will be closed on March 2, 2021.
Finalists will be invited for an interview as part of the selection procedure; interviews will be conducted in English.
Due to the large number of applications that we expect, only successful individuals will be notified by end of April 2021.