Eligible candidates must submit the following required documents for review by The Bridge School selection committee.
1. Completed application form
2. A 300-500 word essay detailing:
3. Letter of reference from 2 individuals familiar with your professional work. The letters should support your potential to benefit from this experience and to make an impact on individuals with severe physical and language communication impairments (complex communication needs)
4. Letters from 2 professionals in your country who will assist you in designing and implementing a dissemination plan upon your return home
Once an application has been received, the applicant will receive a letter of confirmation of receipt. All completed applications received prior to the submission deadline will be reviewed and ranked by the selection committee. Finalists for the Teacher in Residence program will be notified and a teleconference interview scheduled.
Members of the selection committee will conduct the teleconference interview.
Finalists for the Teacher in Residence program will be notified and informed that the selection committee will be contacting the references they provided on their application forms. References will be asked:
The selection committee will review material from all finalists and determine the best fit for the Teacher in Residence program. The candidate selected for the award will be contacted as to the decision and all applicants will be notified as to the selection of the Teacher in Residence. The announcement will be posted on The Bridge School website.
The Teacher in Residence must be granted an H3-B Visa from the Department of Homeland Security in order to reside in the United States for the duration of the award and to receive a stipend from The Bridge School. This process may take up to 4 months from start to completion and will be started immediately upon the selection of the finalist. The Director of Outreach and Technology will contact the finalist and provide a detailed list of documentation required to apply for the visa. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
Once the visa has been approved, the DHS will send a copy to the embassy/consulate in the Teacher in Residence’s country and will notify The Bridge School that the visa has been approved. The Teacher in Residence will be notified to go to the designated site to retrieve the visa, submit to an interview and secure the appropriate paperwork to exit their home country and enter the United States.