Professional Development Opportunities



The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program

Application deadline: December 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm

This is a full year program for high school students born between Mar. 2, 1998 and Sept. 9, 2001. It’s sponsored by the U.S. State Department, so it will open the doors to future opportunities (scholarships, job possibilities, etc.). YES offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project.

International partners to meet on a weekly basis through an online collaboration platform. In this program, students will engage in intercultural dialogue, explore media bias, and build essential leadership skills to take positive action in their local and global communities.


Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching

Application Deadline: December 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching is a fantastic opportunity for experienced, full-time K-12 teachers (who are U.S. citizens) that want to spend 3-6 months abroad during the 2016-2017 academic year. You can study/observe/develop projects in one of the following countries: Botswana, Chile, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestinian Territories, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. For a lot more info and the application, go to:


Global Education Conference

The sixth annual Global Education Conference, a free four-day online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, will be held November 13 through November 16, 2016. We invite all to attend!

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Last year’s conference featured more than 260 general sessions and 35 keynote addresses from all over the world with over 7,500 participants.


Global Competence Certificate for K-12 Teachers

Application deadline: December 18, 2016

The Global Competence Certificate is accepting applications for January 2017 . The 15-month, online, graduate-level certificate program in global competence education was created by Teachers College, Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society to increase the number of K-12 teachers who are highly effective in teaching global competencies. Interested teachers can learn more about the Online Academic Coursework, Global Fieldwork and Capstone Project/Collaborative Practice Groups by visiting the GCC website or registering for an upcoming Information Session.


U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Museum Teacher Fellowship

Application deadline: February 1, 2017

The Museum Teacher Fellowship Program seeks to train leaders in the field of Holocaust education. The fellows are a national corps of skilled educators who assist the Museum’s efforts to promote quality Holocaust education that is rooted in accurate history and responsible pedagogy.

The Museum’s teacher training programs ensure that learning how and why the Holocaust happened is an important component of education in America and strengthens students’ critical thinking about their roles in society.


2016 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop

Application available in late December, 2016

This is an annual week-long, intensive summer workshop for high school English and world literature teachers who are interested in incorporating Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature into their curriculum.

Following the workshop, each participant develops a complete lesson plan for at least one of the pieces covered in the workshop. Those who turn in their lesson plan by the deadline are eligible to receive a $300 book-buying grant.

The workshop is generously funded by the Freeman Foundation. It is part of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)program, a national provider for professional development on East Asia to K-12 teachers.


Dar al Islam Teachers Institute

Application deadline: April 15, 2017

The Dar Al Islam program, held in rural Abiquiu, New Mexico, July 10-23, is a reputable and fully-funded program for secondary school teachers from public, private and parochial institutions of North America. The workshop provides and discusses available resources and tools to help the participants in teaching about Islam more effectively.  Instructors consist of scholars with strong academic and traditional credentials, as well as experience in interacting with diverse groups of educators in North America.

For more information and an application, go to:


Teachers for Global Classroom Program

Application opens in December, 2016

The Teacher Exchange Branch is excited to announce a new application cycle for the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program!

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) is a year-long professional development opportunity designed to help U.S. teachers (K-12) who aspire to become leaders in global education. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and teachers are critical in empowering students to become global citizens.

The Teachers for Global Classrooms Program has four main components:

  • Global Education Course: TGC Fellows complete an online eight-week graduate level course on globalizing classrooms and curriculum.
  • Global Education Symposium: TGC Fellows travel to Washington D.C. to build networks, collaborate, and develop strategies to enhance world learning.
  • International Field Experience: TGC Fellows travel globally for two to three weeks to experience another country’s culture and education system.
  • Capstone: TGC Fellows create a Global Education Guide that is a resource for their local community to enhance learning about the world.