BOONE, N.C. — The Teaching Excellence and Achievement program (TEA) at Appalachian State University, now in its eighth year, brings teachers from around the world and four different continents to Appalachian to enhance their skills in teaching science and English as a foreign language.
Dr. Maria Anastasiou, executive director in Appalachian’s Office of International Education and Development (OIED), received a $189,552 grant from the U.S. Department of State to support the 2018 TEA program at Appalachian.
From Sept. 15–Oct. 28, according to Anastasiou, the TEA Fellows will be in the High Country learning about student-centered teaching approaches; project-based teaching; instructional design and assessment; and teacher-leadership.
The TEA Fellows will spend four weeks on Appalachian’s campus, followed by two weeks teaching in regional schools alongside a U.S. partner teacher.
TEA is a program of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is implemented by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). At Appalachian, it is sponsored and administered by the OIED, which works in partnership with the faculty of Appalachian's Reich College of Education to facilitate the program.
About the Office of International Education and Development
The OIED is responsible for spearheading the internationalization efforts at Appalachian. The internationalization mission of Appalachian is to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences in both domestic and international contexts in its students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities. The university is also dedicated to creating a campus environment that builds the theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in a global society. Learn more at https://international.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.