ITD will conduct its 15th Teachers Summer Institute for secondary school teachers, curriculum developers, and teacher trainers from June 15 to July 28, 2012. The program takes place on the East Coast (New England and New York), the West (Utah and Montana) and Washington D.C. The 4-week campus component will take place at Amherst College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. This Summer Institute is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, of the U.S. Department of State.
As in previous years, the goal of the program is to promote the development and improvement of courses and teaching about the U.S. at secondary schools abroad. Emphasis will be placed on political, social, and economic issues in America, with the arts and pedagogy as minor themes. The Institute will relate contemporary issues in the U.S. to their historical origins.
The program's Academic Director is Frank Couvares, Amherst College Professor of American Studies and History. Throughout the six weeks of the Institute, activities will include academic lectures and readings, debates by visiting faculty and participants, panel discussions, film showings, and site visits to historical locations, cultural and governmental institutions, and festivals and celebrations. Institute faculty will come from a wide geographic area and will represent the disciplines of history, literature, political science, education, sociology, art history and American Studies. Non-academic speakers, such as journalists, music professionals, and government officials will also offer presentations. The program provides opportunities to interact with US counterpart teachers and ordinary Americans.
The Western Component will include visits to Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park. In Washington, participants will see U.S. National Monuments, visit the Smithsonian Museums, and meet with U.S. Department of State officials. ITD staff will lead all activities, including a cultural excursion in New York City.
The 30 participants for this program, from 26 different countries around the world, have now been selected by their respective countries' Fulbright Commissions or U.S. Embassies. In the tabs above are some relevant materials: your Welcome Letter, the Program Calendar, and the Orientation Manual. Please review these materials carefully. Also, here's your first Teachers Summer Institute assignment! Please complete this Participant Information Form and return it to us no later than June 6, by emailing it as an attachment to Abril Navarro.
In the near future we will post several Institute reading assignments on this page, so that you may review them before your trip (if you have time!).