USAID Funded Program
SEED (Scholarships for Education and Economic Development) 2010 to the present
CASS (The Cooperative Association of States for Scholarships) 2008-2010
As part of the United States Agency for International Development (USDAI) goals to improve educational opportunities for teachers and students in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic; the SEED program (previously known as the CASS program) brings elementary teachers to an institution of higher education in the United States to receive a highly specialized professional development program and to engage in community service.
The program, administered by Georgetown University, has been implemented through The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and The School of Teacher Education at UNC since 2008. As of 2012, seventy-six teachers have successfully completed the program and have returned to their country ready to share their knowledge with their colleagues and to implement new techniques learned through courses and school observations. The program focuses on the following areas:
Master New Teaching Methodologies
Improve Content Area Knowledge
Develop Professional Development Skills
Develop Leadership and Advocacy Skills
Program objectives are achieved through the use of classroom instruction at UNC, public school involvement, volunteer activities in community agencies, and mentorship opportunities with teachers, administrators and community leaders. At the conclusion of the program, all participants return to their countries with new understandings of teaching methodologies; enhanced academic skills; materials to be used for Professional Development activities; and Action Plans to implement in their schools and communities that will assist in the improvement of services offered to children and families.
For information related to the SEED program, please contact:
Prof. Madeline Milian
University of Northern Colorado, CEBS, School of Teacher Education Box 107,Greeley, CO 80639 970-351-1683 (office)