2018 Taiwan teacher fellows program
EngageAsia’s (EA) inaugural project focuses on Taiwan and will enable U.S. K-12 teachers to learn about this important nation’s rich history, culture, and society while simultaneously deepening their understanding of the dynamic Asia-Pacific region and fostering a network of teachers that can collaborate in the future. The project will consist of a Cultural Research Program in Kaohsiung and a Professional Development Program in Taipei and takes place in July and August 2018.
Teachers participating in the project will impact over 200 students in the United States to help them learn about Taiwanese culture and society, and begin to build a network of educators committed to building ties between America and Asia.
Through the Cultural Research Program in Kaohsiung, teachers will engage in intensive learning opportunities directly in-line with the subject matter they teach and will learn first-hand about Taiwan with the assistance of local experts. The program will also include in-depth pre-trip seminars as well as post-trip mentoring to ensure that lessons learned directly impact students.
Working in partnership with a high school in Taipei, the Teacher Professional Development program will engage U.S. and Taiwanese teachers in an interactive Design Thinking Workshop for Educators on teaching empathy and cross-cultural understanding.
Following the trip to Taiwan, teachers will continue to meet to develop lesson plans and resources for use in their classrooms and that can benefit other teachers.
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EngageAsia plans to inaugurate the EngageAsia Award in 2018. This award will recognize one teacher annually who embraces the EngageAsia mission of promoting peace and building community through the Asia-Pacific region.
EngageAsia plans to follow-up the 2018 Taiwan Teacher Fellows Program with a reciprocal program for Taiwanese teachers in 2019. From 2020, EngageAsia plans to facilitate programs working with educators in Japan and Korea in an effort to cultivate networks of educators throughout the Pacific Rim that will build understanding among the nations of Asia and between the US and Asia.