Last summer, 25 Pakistani administrators and teachers came to campus to participate in PSU’s Pakistani Teachers Institute, a five-week groundbreaking program and cross-cultural exchange. Funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S.Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs, the goal was to help educators enhance their subject knowledge, pedagogical skills and disposition toward new ways of teaching.
PSU will welcome 20 new Pakistani teachers and school administrators, working in the field of secondary education, on June 21 for the 2005 institute. PSU faculty will offer enriching seminars, where participants will select a strand of professional development in math or science, enabling them to concentrate on best practices in education. Candidates completing the assignments for a strand will receive a certificate of study. Heritage studies and educational leadership will also be integral parts of the overall institute experience.
Collaborating with Pakistani experts and teachers, the specific goals of the institute are to provide exposure to activity-based learning with innovative, student-centered approaches, and leadership training that lays the foundation for master trainers upon return to their country.