The Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program brings outstanding secondary school teachers from around the globe to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States.
Nineteen teachers from sixteen different countries are in Reno for six weeks under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program. During the TEA program, the Fellows take graduate-level university classes regarding: general pedagogy, technology, and their respective subject areas. Additionally, TEA Fellows are partnered with Washoe County School District teachers and are in classrooms 2 days a week around the district.
The TEA Fellows also are enjoying a heavy cultural component of the program, which includes: visiting San Francisco, spending time in Lake Tahoe, attending a UNR Football Game, seeing Pyramid Lake, and being home hosted for Friday Night Dinners! The above picture is of the Fellows at the Washoe County School District's Board Recognition meeting and includes Washoe County School Board members.
The program also brings U.S. secondary school teachers to the home schools of international alumni to collaboratively develop workshops and share best practices. International alumni are eligible to apply for small grants to implement self-designed projects that benefit their home schools and communities.