Panther Creek High School teacher Steven West was selected from approximately 400 teachers from 45 US states to take part in a US State Department visit to Bangladesh in 2010.
West was awarded a grant for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) teacher exchange program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and implemented by the International Research and Exchanges Board.
The goal of the TEA program is to provide teachers with professional development opportunities that will promote mutual understanding between US and international teachers, students, and schools. During the two-week grant, teachers are hosted by a TEA international teacher and his/her school where the US teacher has the opportunity to observe classes, co-teach and share best teaching practices. There will also be meetings with various educational organizations and participation in cultural activities. Ample opportunity will be provided US teachers to share culture and experiences with host country colleagues to gain new insights to take back home to their school and community.
West will prepare for the trip by meeting this fall with a cohort of international teachers in a workshop at Purdue University.