Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators

There is no open call for applications for this program.  Candidates are selected on a case-by-case basis. 

Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary Educators

Program Overview

Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators, is for highly motivated secondary educators (secondary teachers, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials and other related professionals) and is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators and administrators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.

The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in secondary schools and other academic institutions abroad.

Three Institutes for Secondary Educators are offered, two with a focus on classroom teachers and the third with a focus on administrators, teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, and ministry of education officials, among others. Each Institute will have 20 participants and includes a four week academic residency component and a one week integrated study tour.

Institute Description

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators (Teachers) provides two multinational groups of 20 experienced secondary school teachers with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The focus of the Institute is providing content and materials for participants to develop high school level curricula about the United States. Please note that the main focus of the Institutes for teachers is on content and materials about the United States rather than teaching methods and pedagogy. To this end, the Institutes are organized around a central theme or themes in U.S. civilization. Through a combination of traditional, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary approaches, program content examines the history and evolution of U.S. institutions and values, broadly defined. The program also serves to illuminate contemporary political, social, and economic debates in American society. The four week academic residency is complemented by a one week study tour. The aim of the study tour is to showcase the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the United States.

The Study of the U.S. Institute for Secondary Educators (Administrators) provides a multinational group of 20 experienced administrators (including teacher trainers, curriculum developers, textbook writers, ministry of education officials, and others) with a deeper understanding of U.S. society, education, and culture – past and present. The program’s theme, “Exploring Access and Equity in U.S. Education and Society” focuses on education, immigration, and civic engagement within U.S. society and culture. The Institute includes an intellectually rigorous academic residency component, meetings with regional educators and prominent community leaders, guided independent research, visits to topically relevant sites, a two-week study tour, and the completion of a research project.