Among the selection of prestigious academic exchanges that the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) administers, the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. It is implemented by IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board), a Washington, DC based non-profit organization.
ILEP alumni are composed of high school teachers of math, English, science, and social studies. One of their initiatives when they get back to the Philippines is to host participants of the Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program. TGC is a year-long, fully funded professional development opportunity for US elementary, middle, and high school teachers. It is also implemented by IREX.
This year, there are six (6) participants who came to the Philippines and will stay for two to three weeks to experience the country’s culture and education system. Mr. Alex Escote, ILEP Alumnus Batch ’09, helped welcome the newest batch of U.S. teachers as they begin their international field exchange. Through the program, participants will spend time at a Philippine school and interact with Filipino teachers and students. This experience will give teachers the opportunity to study global education, observe how familiar subjects are taught in another culture, and collaborate with Filipino educators to develop a global education curriculum to teach students in both countries.
Last Friday, June 23rd, PAEF also met the TGC participants and briefed them about the current Fulbright programs. Ms. Gigi Dizon, Interim Executive Director and Senior Program Officer, also touched upon the educational system of the Philippines. For all of the participants, this will be their first time to visit the country. The round-table discussion showed their enthusiasm and excitement about the weeks to follow.
The Philippines participates in the annual search for qualified high school teachers of math, English, science, and social studies for the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). The ILEP provides unique opportunities in the US to secondary school teachers to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States. It is a five-month (January to May) intensive training program that includes internships in secondary schools in the US, university coursework, and community involvement.