Nearly two dozen teachers from 16 countries are gathered at Claremont Graduate University School of Educational Studies for a six-week program designed to help them improve their teaching skills and learn about the United States.
The Teacher Excellence and Achievement program is sponsored by the US Department of State and the nonprofit organization IREX.
At CGU, the TEA fellows are studying subject specific strategies, teaching methodologies, curriculum development and the use of technology for education. They will also be paired with American teachers from the Claremont, Pomona, Chaffey and Upland school districts to collaboratively teach in local middle and high schools.
The 21 fellows are from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Panama, Romania, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
This is the second year the graduate school has hosted TEA fellows. Professor DeLacy Ganley of CGU’s Teacher Education Program supervises the program for the university.
When the fellows aren’t engaged in professional development, they will have free time to explore the area with each other and their host families.
The fellows arrived on Sept. 21 and will depart on Nov. 5.