Deadlines Who should apply? Topics of interest Lecturer's responsiblity Expect to spend
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December 2014

Meeting Today‘s Educational Challenges

Call for Proposals

Summer 2015

     The American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education (A.P.P.L.E.) is a volunteer international non-profit educational organization. With the support of the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science, A.P.P.L.E. partners with Lithuanian educators to foster the implementation of innovative educational approaches that contribute to the development of a democratic society.

     Plans for A.P.P.L.E.’s 25th and final summer program for Lithuanian educators are underway. You are invited to join this rewarding exchange of current educational practices.

Deadline for Proposal submission is February 1, 2015

     Please submit your proposal, resume and application information electronically to Anita.Scarborough@gmail.com and Vida Anton at crolit@optonline.net  Questions can be directed to either or both of these emails. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged. For two-person proposals be sure to attach resume information for each member of the team and indicate the primary contact. Please scan and email the application information form or send by mail to: A.P.P.L.E., 105 Sturbridge Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

The dates for the sessions have not been determined, however we anticipate two, one-week sessions, either June 22nd-June 26th and June 29th-July 3rd or June 29th-July 3rd and  July 6th-July 10th. The exact number of hours constituting a week‘s session may vary dependent on the King Mindaugas holiday and other program and travel constraints. You will be expected to make a two-week committment to the program. When you recieve notification of acceptance you will receive details about dates in order to make travel arrangements. Lecturers will be required to be in Lithuania a few days prior to the start of the first session. 

Who Should Apply?

     Applicants may be preschool, elementary, or secondary teachers, who have a master‘s degree in education or associated discipline, and who have demonstrated excellence in teaching. College or university faculty with expertise in teaching in education or closely related disciplines are welcome to apply. We are seeking teachers and other education professionals who are prepared to share their knowledge and demonstrate expertise in current theory and practice related to the theme: Meeting Today‘s Educational Challenges

Topics of Special Interest

      The Ministry indicated topics of interest. In the area of Educational Leadership presentations on working with parents, teacher coaching models, conflict resolution, motivating teachers, and sessions on how to organize school activities and school organizations are desired. In the area of Instruction there is interest in kindergarten teaching. For the first time Lithuania will institute a half-day kindergarten, so that children will enter public school a year younger than they have traditionally. Information on kindergarten teaching practices from a developmentally appropriate persepective are requested. English as a second language for elementary school-age children is also a topic of interest. New to Lithuanian schools is that 5th grade students will be provided a computer. Sessions delivering multifaceted information on how to maximize the utility of computers for students and parents, integrated within the context of the classroom and acess to resources in the school community were requested.

      Teachers in attendance at the Summer 2014 program in Kaunas expressed interests also: learning how to work with parents; instruction in science, music and art; after-school programming; use of technology in the classroom; team building to improve school functioning; conflict resoultion; inclusion of children with different learning styles in the classroom; integrated learning; gifted education; and differentiated instruction.

      These topics are of particular interest, however proposals focusing on other educational topics are welcome.    

Lecturers‘ Responsibilities

      Strand is the term that A.P.P.L.E. uses to describe a subject area presented in the summer program such as elementary education, mathematics, science, art, or computer technology. Lecturers typically spend 6 hours per day engaged in activities with participants if working alone. Actual instruction time is considerably less because of the time required for translation. Lecturers are encouraged to share an overview of their presentation with their interpreter to facilitate a smooth exchange of concepts.

      A.P.P.L.E. emphasizes teamwork. Faculty meetings for lecturers and translators occur regularly. In general, evenings and weekends are free, but there will be some organized evening activities. Since this is the last year there will likely be an activity scheduled for the weekend between sessions, and/or the weekend after the final session. Details will be forthcoming.

What Should I Expect to Spend

  • All lecturers are expected to be members of A.P.P.L.E. The annual membership dues are $25.

  • Airfares range from roughly $1000 to $2000, depending on your point of origin. Some of you have access to sources to obtain travel funding or may choose to use frequent flyer mileage. For those who do not, upon completion of the program, submitting a written report describing the accomplishments of your sessions, and a copy of the invoice for your travel, A.P.P.L.E will provide a travel stipend of at least $500. Once our final financial obligations are resolved, a stipend amount greater than $500 may be awarded.

  • Since plans are not final, dates and where lodging will be pre- and post-sessions are unknown. Typically lecturers are housed for two nights before and after the session. Depending on the arrangements, meals may not be provided until the session commences. Regardless, food will be accessible and is reasonably priced. If you wish to arrive earlier, or stay longer, it may be possible to arrange to do so in the same location. You will be informed if this is possible. Staying longer or use of any accommodations other than those arranged through A.P.P.L.E. will be at your expense. Touring Lithuania is highly recommended.  

  • Lecturers provide classroom materials.

  • Lecturers are encouraged to bring inexpensive gifts and souvenirs for local hosts, drivers, and interpreters.

  • Generally out-of-pocket expenses to do volunteer work for A.P.P.L.E. are classified as tax deductible, as an in-kind contribution. Consult with a tax advisor to clarify your situation.

       A.P.P.L.E. provides interpreters, limited translation of essential print materials, general office supplies, limited copying of materials in Lithuania, and classroom computer and projection equipment. Our partners, in cooperation with A.P.P.L.E., subsidize in-country travel to/from/between assignment locations and room and board. This includes most meals during the sessions, lodging, transportation to and from the Vilnius airport, within the country, and to social events when possible. Regardless of the location of sites, lecturers will be met in Vilnius and will have arrangements to return to Vilnius at the end of the session.

      During the program lecturers are required to reside in the accommodations provided. These are modest hotel or dormitory type rooms. Lecturers may or may not have individual rooms, and usually share a bathroom.

     Once your proposal is accepted you will receive details on what you can request to be translated. Depending on your topic, a glossary of key terms may be useful for your participants. You will also receive the details needed to make travel arrangements.  

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