US-Russia Teacher Professional Development Program (USRTPD)
Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USRTPD provides opportunities for Russian and U.S. secondary school teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Math, Sciences, and Technology to learn from one another, compare best teaching practices, and foster inter-cultural communication and excellence in the classroom through sharing of ideas and expertise.
Russian participants attend U.S.-based professional development seminars, experience practical classroom-learning opportunities, as well as prepare to conduct post-program professional development workshops for colleagues in Russia. U.S. participants make a two-week reciprocal visit to Russia, where they collaborate on joint projects to build on the professional experiences established during the U.S.-based program.
The program theme is “teacher leaders think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.”
The program is administered by George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, in collaboration with Asia Pacific School (APS) in Vladivostok, Russia, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in Fairfax County, Virginia.