Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (tea) for Pakistan



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Teaching Excellence and Achievement

Program (TEA) for Pakistan
A program of the United States Embassy in Islamabad’s Public Affairs Section (PAS), implemented by IREX and Evolution

Application for Pakistani Secondary-Level English Teachers

The United States Embassy’s Public Affairs Section, IREX, and Evolution announce an open competition for a program that will bring outstanding secondary school teachers of English from Pakistan to the United States for a six-week professional development program. The TEA Program for Pakistan seeks to further develop teachers’ expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and English proficiency, and increase their knowledge about the United States.




ONLY SECONDARY-LEVEL ENGLISH TEACHERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY

Please return completed application (printed/hard copy) to:


Evolution Office,

C-26-5/II, Al-Murtaza Commercial Lane # 3, Phase VIII, DHA, Karachi 75500



Deadline:
January 30, 2017


For more information go to:

www.evolution.com.pk/TEA



Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) for Pakistan

Application for Pakistani Teachers

Program Overview


The Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program for Pakistan will invest in teacher professional development by bringing outstanding secondary school teachers of English from Pakistan to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and English proficiency, and increase their knowledge about the United States. Twenty teachers will be brought to the U.S. on a six-week professional exchange program. Upon return to Pakistan, alumni will be included in IREX’s ongoing programming for TEA Program for Pakistan alumni, including eligibility for small grants.
About IREX

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. Our mission is to build a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information.


Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with our partners in more than 100 countries.

About Evolution

Evolution is a registered educational training organization based in Pakistan that promotes community, youth and professional empowerment through various capacity building and training programs at personal, organizational and societal levels. We pledge to offer the highest quality of services, the optimum level of expertise and assiduous dedication to train Pakistani youth and professionals with integrity and honor through a wide range of training programs endorsing leadership skills, team building, computer literacy, gender equality and women empowerment.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:



  1. Be currently working full-time as a secondary-level English teacher in a government or foundation school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population (teaching classes 6 to 10);

  2. Have at least five years of classroom experience in English language teaching;

  3. Be citizens and current residents of Pakistan;

  4. Hold at least a Bachelors degree;

  5. Be proficient in written and spoken English;

  6. Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching for at least five years after completion of the program; and

  7. Have submitted a complete application.


please note: additional eligibility information
If you have participated in other U.S. Department of State funded programs, please write to Evolution on tea@evolution.com.pk to know about your eligibility.
Staff or families of staff at a U.S. Post or Fulbright Commission or the TEA Program for Pakistan in-country implementer are not eligible to apply.
TEA Program for Pakistan is a program for practicing teachers. Ministry of Education and Training officials, full-time principals, educational administrators, full-time teacher trainers, university faculty and private English Language tutors are NOT eligible.
IREX does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law. IREX has successfully hosted participants with disabilities in the past. Applicants with disabilities will be considered equally eligible.

Please note that applicants will need appropriate permissions from their school management, such as No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by the competent authorities, in order to undertake international travel if selected for the program. Although this is not required at this stage with application, however, this will be an essential requirement if selected for the program.


Applications not meeting all of the above eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee. IREX and EVOLUTION reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

Provisions of the Fellowship


  • J-1 visa support;

  • A pre-departure orientation held in Pakistan;

  • Round-trip airfare to and within the U.S.;

  • A Welcome Workshop or Program in Washington, D.C.;

  • Academic program fees;

  • Housing (shared with other program Fellows of the same gender) and meals;

  • Accident and sickness medical coverage (does not cover pre-existing conditions);

  • Transportation to the practicum school (if necessary);

  • A daily allowance for incidentals during the university academic program;

  • A book/professional development allowance;

  • A baggage/shipping allowance;

  • A Closing Workshop in Washington, D.C.; and

  • A re-entry seminar in Pakistan

  • The opportunity to apply for alumni small grants.



Selection Process and Criteria
TEA Program for Pakistan Fellows will be selected through a merit-based, open competition-based on the criteria below. Top candidates will be interviewed by an interview panel and must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or equivalent English language examination or provide valid English test results from within a year of the program start date. Evolution will administer logistics for shortlisted participants to take TOEFL in their respective regions.

Selection Criteria (not in order of importance):


  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching in the field of secondary education

  • Demonstrated leadership potential;

  • Professional and educational experience and achievements;

  • Potential for developing long-term linkages between U.S. and Pakistani educational institutions and schools;

  • Preparedness (including maturity, flexibility, and ability to function independently) for an intensive U.S.-based training program with limited free time for personal travel or sightseeing;

  • Willingness and capacity to work and live collaboratively with peers to foster a positive learning community for professional development;

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively; and

  • English language skills adequate to manage coursework, develop lesson plans, and team-teach in U.S. schools.

  • Applicants who have had few or no opportunities to travel to the U.S. will be given priority.

  • Applicants from rural, under-resourced schools who have had limited or no previous professional development opportunities in Pakistan or the U.S. will be given priority.



General Application Instructions & Submission Guidelines

  • Please answer all questions on the application.

  • Please type or print in blue or black ink.

  • If a question does not apply to you, enter N/A (not applicable).

  • Include your full, legal name as spelled on your passport (if available) or other photo identification.

  • Include complete contact information (including zip/postal codes for all addresses and city codes for all phone and fax numbers if available).

  • Write your full name, city, and province in the top right corner of each page.

  • Hand-sign the Privacy Policy and Application Certification Statement on the last page in ink.


Institutional Support and Reference Form

All applicants must include the Institutional Support and Reference Form, which must be completed by their supervisor at the school at which they are employed and signed by their school director/principal. The form must be hand-signed in ink. An English translation must be provided if the form and reference letter are not written in English.


A COMPLETED APPLICATION INCLUDES ALL ELEMENTS LISTED BELOW:

1. Completed application with photocopy of academic transcripts

2. Hand signed Privacy Policy and Application Certification Statement page;

3. Institutional Support and Reference Form completed by your supervisor and signed by your school director/principal; and

4. A clear copy of the first two pages of your passport (or photo identification)

Program Timeline


30th January 2017

Application Deadline

February – April 2017

TOEFL Testing/Interviews

May 2017

Notification of Finalists

August 2017

Pre-Departure Orientation

September – October 2017

U.S. Program Dates






Teaching Excellence and Achievement

Program (TEA) for Pakistan
A program of the United States Embassy in Islamabad’s Public Affairs Section (PAS), implemented by IREX and Evolution

Application for Pakistani Secondary-Level English Teachers
Please complete ALL information requested. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Name (please spell exactly as it is written in your passport)

First/Given name:





Middle name:





Family name/Surname:






Country

Country of Citizenship:





Country of Legal Residence:






Place of Birth

City of Birth:





Country of Birth:






Gender

□ Male Female



Number of Years Teaching

I have been teaching for years (not including student teaching practicums).





Date of Birth (as listed on your passport)

Month:

Day:

Year:

Please check your birth month:
□ January February March April May June

□ July August September October November December





What classes do you teach? (check all that apply)

English
□ English for native speakers English for non-native speakers English literature

□ English Grammar Other





9. Home Mailing Address:
House/Apartment Number: ________________________________________________________

Street/Building Name and/or Number: _________________


City or Town: Postal Index/Number:

Country: Region/Province:

(if applicable)
Telephone number: Mobile Telephone:

(country code + city code + number) (country code + city code + number)


E-mail: ___________________________________

10. School Address (current job):
Name of School:

City or Town: Region/Province:

Country:

11. School Information:
(a) Is your school in an urban or rural area? Urban Rural

(b) Is your school a government-run or foundation school? Government-run Private


Total number of students at the school:
Total number of full-time teachers at the school:
Total number of part-time teachers at the school:
Grade levels at the school:
Age range of students:
Average number of students per class:
In less than 200 words, please tell us briefly about your school and the community it serves: Who are the students? What do they do when they leave school or complete their studies at your school? What kind of work do their parents do? Please briefly share any other important information about the school community here.

12. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime?

Yes No
If yes, please provide additional information, including a description of the factual circumstances of the arrest or conviction and any supporting documentation.


13. Has a teacher at your school participated in the TEA Program for Pakistan? If yes, what is his/her name?
□ Yes No
Name(s): _______________________________________________________________________

14. Are you currently applying to any other U.S. government sponsored program, including online programs?

□ Yes No


If yes, please specify which program:

Program Dates: _________________________________________________________________

Name of sponsoring organization:

15. Are you currently applying or do you plan to apply to any professional development programs in other countries? Yes No
If yes, please specify which program:

Program Dates: _________________________________________________________________

Name of sponsoring organization:

16. In the chart below, please fill in any previous trips you have taken outside of Pakistan. Please include trips for tourism, work, and exchange programs. Also include any trips sponsored by the U.S. government. Please provide as many details as possible in the “Notes” column.




City, Country Visited



Year of Travel


Reason for Visit (Work/ Tourism/ Exchange Program)


Notes

(Name of program, program details, sponsoring organization, etc.)
























































































17. Please list other international exposure you have had including working with international organizations or foreigners in Pakistan.

18. During the TEA Program for Pakistan, participants will have roommates with different backgrounds and experiences. What steps would you take to successfully live with this person? Give an example of a time you had to demonstrate flexibility interacting with someone with customs or values that differed from your own.

19. How did you hear about the TEA Program for Pakistan Program?
□ Colleague Program Alumnus Friend School Administrator U.S. Embassy

□ Publication: Website:



□ Other:

20. Education: Please list your educational background.


Institution/School

# of years of study

Field of Study

Degree/Certificate

(BA, BS, MA, MS, PhD, etc.)

Year Degree

Earned






























































21. Foreign Language Proficiency: Please rate your proficiency for each language you know in the categories of reading, writing, comprehension and speaking. Please rate as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Fluent.


Language

Reading

Writing

Comprehension

Speaking































































22. Work History: Please list below your work history for the past five years. Please list your current position first.

You should complete only one section per school, even for multiple years.

Current School Information
Name of school:

Type of School: Position/Title:


Length of employment (dates):
Grade level(s) taught and age range of students:
Number of hours per week teaching:
Title of classes taught:
Additional duties:
Previous School Information
Name of school:
Type of School: Position/Title:
Length of employment (dates):
Grade level(s) taught and age range of students:
Number of hours per week teaching:
Title of classes taught:
Additional duties:
Previous School Information
Name of school:

Type of School: Position/Title:



Length of employment (dates):
Grade level(s) taught and age range of students:
Number of hours per week teaching:
Title of classes taught:
Additional duties:


  1. Additional Education or Professional Experience & Activities: Please list what activities you have pursued inside and outside the classroom to maintain your professional training as an educator. In addition, please list professional organizations that you are a member of and relevant work in your community outside of school.



  1. Describe how you engage with/address the needs of underserved, at-risk/marginalized youth in your school/community.


25. Weekly Schedule:


School Name

Day of the Week

Time of Day

Length of Class/Responsibility (in minutes)

Subject

Grade Level

Number of Students in the Class

Age of Students

Sample Schedule

Monday

9:00 – 9:45 am

45 minutes/ Teacher

Geography

Level 9

55 students

14 – 15 years

Sample Schedule

Monday

10:00 – 10:55 am

55 minutes/ Teacher

Civics

Level 10

55 students

16 – 17 years

Sample Schedule

Monday

1:00 – 1:45 pm

45 minutes/Teacher

History

Level 10

55 students

16 – 17 years

Sample Schedule

Monday

2:00 – 3:00 pm

60 minutes/ grading

Prep










Sample Schedule

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:25 am

55 minutes/ Teacher

Civics

Level 10

55 students

16 – 17 years


Please provide a sample of your weekly schedule. List all classes you are currently teaching, including planning and preparation time, as well as additional responsibilities outside of teaching. If you teach in more than one school, please indicate the school name. A sample is provided above.
Your Schedule:

School Name

Day of the Week

Time of Day

Length of class/ responsibility

(in minutes)

Subject

Grade Level

Number of Students in the Class

Age of Students


























































































































































































































































































































25 cont. Weekly Schedule: (additional space if needed):


School Name

Day of the Week

Time of Day

Length of class/ responsibility

(in minutes)

Subject

Grade

Number of Students in the Class

Age of Students


































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































26. Statement of Purpose: Your Statement of Purpose is the most important part of your application. Your response will give the selection committee an opportunity to better understand you as a teacher leader and your reasons for participating in the program. Statements must be clearly written in order to be considered.
In the space provided, please address all questions in no more than 500 words:


  • Why do you want to participate in the TEA Program for Pakistan and what skills and experience do you hope to gain from the program?




  • Identify a challenge or pressing issue you seek to address in your school or community upon returning home from the TEA Program for Pakistan. How will participation in the program help you achieve these goals? What will you focus on during the program?


Additional Space: Please use this space for any additional information. Include any responses that did not fit elsewhere in the application.












IREX Privacy Policy & application certification statement

Your privacy is important to IREX. That is why we request that all applicants read the following privacy policy statement carefully.


1. Applicant and Participant Information Content and Storage

Information about program applicants, current and past participants consists of data contained in their applications, information derived from interviews, and information gathered during the course of their program and as program alumni. IREX stores this information in written and electronic form indefinitely. Some data, such as contact information and professional experience, is continually updated.


2. Use of Information: Information, which is described above, may be:
A. Used by selection committees and interviewers to review applicants;

B. Supplied to the program’s funding organization;

C. Submitted to potential host schools, universities, or organizations and/or organizations that provide practicum opportunities; and

D. Used for the evaluation of an individual’s participation in the program and in the collection of data for general program evaluation by IREX, funding agencies or other organizations contracted to conduct evaluations.


IREX does not sell applicant or current/past participant information.
The principles stated herein are binding only to IREX; other organizations involved in the implementation of these programs may adhere to other privacy or similar policies.
3. Certification: I certify that I completed this application myself, without any aid or assistance, that the information given in this application is complete and accurate, and that I have carefully read and understand all notes and disclaimers provided therein.
I understand that IREX reserves the right to verify all the information listed in the application. I understand that giving false or misleading information in the application will result in exclusion from the competition or immediate dismissal from the Teaching Excellence Achievement (TEA) Program for Pakistan.
Also, I acknowledge that I am aware of the following requirements that I must observe if I am selected for the program:


  • I must abide by all program rules and regulations and observe all the laws of the United States during my stay there, including returning to Pakistan for at least two years at the conclusion of the program in compliance with J-1 visa requirements.

  • The medical coverage provided to me during my travels is intended only for emergencies and does not cover ordinary, pre-existing, and routine dental conditions.

  • My spouse, children, other relatives or individuals are not permitted to accompany me to the United States on the program.

Signature of Applicant (must be hand signed) Date



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