Funding Renewed for International Leaders in Education Program

Posted on 1/18/2018 8:21:40 AM

2018 ILEP GroupIndiana University of Pennsylvania has received a third year of funding from the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to continue the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). This year’s funding is for $185,000.

This brings the total in grant funding to $555,000 for this program.

As a recipient of the funds, IUP will, again this year, serve as a host institution for 16 international secondary teachers (Fellows) from nine countries for an immersive professional development experience.

The ILEP Fellows also will be on site to learn from teachers at Indiana Area High School and Brashear High School in Pittsburgh to gain different contexts and perspectives on the American educational system.

The focus of the program is to promote and develop teaching best practices, leadership, technology integration skills, and intercultural exchange. The ILEP Fellows are Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Philippines, and Tanzania.

The ILEP Fellows will participate in two academic courses as well as two semester-long, noncredit workshops offered through the American Language Institute delivered by faculty members in the IUP College of Education and Communications: the Education Seminar and Technology course, taught by Laura Strong and Lloyd Onyett.

After an orientation in Washington, D.C. from January 15 to March 7, the ILEP Fellows will be in Indiana, spending Wednesdays at Indiana Senior High School with selected partner teachers, and at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh from March 21 to May 9.

Michele Petrucci, associate vice president for the Office of International Education and Global Engagement and executive director of the American Language Institute, and Lara Luetkehans, dean of the College of Education and Communications, co-authored the grant application.

“It is truly an honor for IUP to be selected for a third year to host the ILEP Fellows. We believe this grassroots, people-to-people diplomacy effort is one small step towards increasing cultural awareness and understanding which may lead to making the world more tolerant,” Petrucci said

“The past two cohorts of Fellows have found the IUP program enriching and they learned a great deal both in and outside of classroom settings. In turn, it was a beneficial experience for us as hosts to learn from the Fellows and to gain a better appreciation for their countries and cultures. Their engagement positively impacted all who they encountered: IUP students, faculty and administrators, Indiana and Pittsburgh high school students and teachers, and Indiana community members. The Fellows are excellent ambassadors for their countries and the teaching profession.”

The workshops and seminars offered by IUP faculty are designed to enhance the ILEP Fellows’ expertise in their teaching disciplines and equip them with a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching methodologies, planning professional development for their teacher colleagues, and the use of technology in education, Luetkehans said.

“Partner teachers and their students in our partner schools are also excited to be involved again. It’s a win for everyone involved,” Luetkehans said.

The program is implemented by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). IUP is only one of four institutions selected as a host university. The other host universities for spring 2018 are Arizona State University, Kent State University, and James Madison University.

The program recognizes the “transformative power of an effective teacher,” IREX officials note. The International Leaders in Education Program is designed to offer teaching fellows with enhanced teaching methodologies, lesson planning techniques, teaching strategies for their home environments, leadership abilities, and technology skills through targeted coursework, intensive training, and collaboration with colleagues from around the globe.