Online Meetups Provide Guidance to International Teachers in the USA
Educational Partners International (EPI) hosts weekly virtual meetings with teachers in its program, leading them in sessions that provide resources for addressing today’s teaching challenges. Known as the EPI Connect series, the meetups allow teachers to join colleagues and participate in activities that aid their professional development. Attendees also receive tools that support their teaching.
International Teacher Spotlights the Philippines for Science Lesson
When international teachers step into classrooms in the USA, their backgrounds enrich their lessons in surprising ways. At Denison Middle School in Winter Haven, Florida, science teacher Ulpiano De La Bajan Jr. struck upon a clever idea for sharing his culture and enriching his curriculum. A program member with Educational Partners International (EPI), Bajan hails from the Philippines, and he found inspiration in the lakes of Florida and those back home.
International Teachers in the USA Find Fun, Support at EPI Events
Educational Partners International has been hosting social events for program members in Florida. The get-togethers provide a chance for teachers to meet with one another as well as with EPI staff. Casual and fun, the events encourage educators to share a laugh and a meal, compare experiences, and discuss living and teaching in the USA. They represent just one more way that EPI supports program members after their arrival.
Teachers From Abroad Help EPI Colleagues with Work and Life in the USA
EPI’s Local Liaison program provides mentorship to support teachers new to the program. Whether someone needs help moving in, finding a social security office, or obtaining a driver’s license, Local Liaisons provide top-notch support. Made up of dedicated volunteers, Local Liaisons often express thanks for the help they themselves received when they were new to the program. Participation provides them a way to give back.
Science Teacher from Jamaica Arranges Class for Student Success
Alicea Bigby-Smart designs her classroom for her students’ success. Originally from Jamaica, the science teacher arrived in the USA in 2021 as an Educational Partners International program member. At Grier Middle School in Gastonia, North Carolina, she has transformed her class into a space that encourages learning among all of her students.