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* Purdue College of Education

April 25, 2007

Russian educators visiting Purdue in teaching exchange program

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sixteen Russian teachers and school administrators are visiting Purdue University and area high schools through the end of April as part of an educational exchange program.

"Teachers to Teachers: Language, Technology, Math and Science Exchange" identifies and rewards Russian educators with concentrated professional development opportunities, short-term internships and workshops.

The Russian educators will observe best practices in teaching and work to establish partnerships with their American colleagues. The exchange gives Russian guests the opportunity to collaborate with their U.S. counterparts to develop new teaching methods and create or expand materials and curricula. 

The exchange is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The teachers and administrators arrived at Purdue on April 1.

The American Councils for International Education: American Councils of Teachers of Russian/ American Councils for the Collaboration of Education and Language Study administers the program.

Ben Dunbar, senior program officer for the American Councils, said Purdue was chosen as this year's host university based on the strength of the proposal submitted by the College of Education and the programming it could offer.

"The objective is for these teachers to integrate everything they experience here into a summer workshop that they will deliver in Russia to 40 of their colleagues," Dunbar said. "We want to take these best 16 Russian teachers and have them share their knowledge, so the quality of the programming and of the workshop coordinators is very important."

While in Indiana, the teachers will visit historical landmarks in Tippecanoe County, as well as museums, theaters and schools in Indianapolis and Chicago. In addition to meeting with local community leaders, participants will take part in internships at McCutcheon, Harrison and Jefferson high schools, Wea Ridge Elementary and Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School.

The teachers also participated in a weekend home-stay with host families that allowed them to experience American family life. At the end of the program, the teachers will participate in a two-day U.S.-Russia conference.

For more information, please contact Anatoli Rapoport, the program's primary administrator at Purdue, at (765) 496-3029, rapoport@purdue.edu.

Media contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Sources: Anatoli Rapoport, (765) 496-3029, rapoport@purdue.edu

Ben Dunbar, (202) 833-7522,  bdunbar@americancouncils.org

Tonya Agnew, (765) 494-0568, tragnew@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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