Five Filipino high school teachers based in the United States have been selected to participate in the 2012 International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP).
The Filipino teachers will join 60 other teachers from 15 countries who will participate in a semester-long academic program at a US university.
"The program will include course work in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, teaching strategies for home classroom environment, teacher leadership and instructional technology. They will also complete an internship at a U.S. secondary school," the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
The five teachers are: Leigh Anne Alvarado, Perly Lustan, Ethel Sindol, Zoilo Pinongcos, Jr. and Ruby Baldas.
Upon completing the program, the participants become eligible to apply for small grants to implement projects that share their US experiences and contribute to the growth of their communities.
Last January 5, the participants were welcomed at the Washington Plaza Hotel by Teacher Exchange Branch Chief Jennifer Gibson of the Department of State and IREX President Ambassador Robert Pearson.
The ILEP is an exchange program funded by the US State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the International Research Exchange Board (IREX).
ILEP began in 2006 and has trained 332 teachers from 19 countries.
Participating universities are the Clemson University (South Carolina), James Madison University (Virginia), Kent State University (Ohio) and University of Alabama (Alabama). - VVP, GMA News