Short-Term E-Exchanges

Educator Exchange Programs (EEP) provides a suite of international professional development opportunities for school leaders and teachers. 

View Short Term E-exchange handout 

Collaborating with another education system is an effective and enjoyable way to promote cultural understanding and to reflect upon and enhance practice. The exchange offers a unique opportunity for teachers to learn and to compare and contrast various aspects of education between systems.

 

How do e-exchanges work? 

  • This is a one-on-one virtual exchange where you are paired with another teacher or school leader with similar educational interests.
  • Matches can be within the province, within Canada or with our international partners in Spain, and may also be available in Germany, Iceland and Australia.
  • Matches are made based on common educational interests.
  • Projects/online exchange activities are for an approximate four to six weeks.
  • Examples of possible projects: student wellness, global citizenship, technology and innovation in the classroom, instructional leadership, women in leadership, rural and remote schools, immigration, second language learning, STEM, inclusion.
  • You and your exchange partner engage in discussions and video chats outside of class hours, much like a virtual pen pal, around educational topics. The frequency you connect is up to you. We recommend at minimum a couple of times per week during the exchange period.

 

When does the e-exchange happen? 

The e-exchange happens throughout the school year, with the exact timing to be determined based on school calendars

 

How much does it cost? 

There is no cost; EEP will provide program support throughout the exchange process.

 

Who is eligible? 

  • Fluency in the destination country language is not required, as the overseas teacher will be fluent in English.
  • Teachers (K–12) must be Canadian citizens, have a permanent teaching certificate, have district approval and possess a minimum of five years of teaching experience.
  • Applicants should demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, intercultural skills and a strong capacity to act as an ambassador for their school authority and the exchange program.
  • Proficiency with web-based learning management systems is an asset.
  • Proven communication skills, resourcefulness, initiative and community involvement are all desirable attributes.

 

Download the Application 

 

More questions?

Please see our resources page.

 

Contact

Carolyn Freed
Exchange Liaison
Educator Exchange Programs
carolyn.freed@ata.ab.ca or exchanges@ata.ab.ca
780-447-9404 or 1-800-232-7208