Educational Leaders' Training Program (ELTP)

BYLP ELTP participants taking a group photo in front of Teachers College Columbia University.

ELTP will bring 15 Bulgarian primary and secondary school educators to the U.S. for a dynamic three-week professional development and training program. The goal of ELTP is to introduce program participants to the latest pedagogical innovations in the U.S., as well as to foster professional collaboration between outstanding Bulgarian and U.S. teachers. To achieve its goal, the program will have two distinct, but integrated components: an academic training experience at a leading graduate school of education in New York City and a networking/practical training opportunity in select New York City high-schools.

ELTP's academic training component will focus on the following key themes:

  • Fostering and implementing innovative pedagogical methods in the classroom.
  • Using technology to transform the classroom experience.
  • Tracking student progress and measuring success.
  • Instructional models in the education of gifted students.

ELTP's networking/practical training components will entail pairing program participants with Master teachers at some of New York City's most innovative, creative and results-driven high schools. During their practical training component, participants will shadow the Master teachers and observe their teaching styles and classroom interactions. At the end of each class day, the Bulgarian educators will have the opportunity to debrief with their U.S. counterparts and ask in-depth questions about what they experienced throughout the day.

Presentation Commitment

Upon returning to Bulgaria, the 15 teachers will organize and facilitate three presentations about lessons learned from their ELTP experience, and about how they plan to incorporate the newly acquired knowledge in their schools.

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BYLP ELTP participant doing a presentation.

  • Applicants must be Bulgarian citizens who currently work and reside in Bulgaria.
  • Applicants must be primary or secondary school teachers at state or municipal schools.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English.
  • Applicants must be interested in incorporating media and technology in the classroom.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a track record of intellectual curiosity, striving for excellence in the classroom and be committed to pedagogical innovation.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a long-term commitment to the teaching profession and to teaching in state or municipal schools.

IMPORTANT: Selected participants must provide proof that they continue to be employed as teachers at state or municipal schools during the school year in which the ELTP will take place. If selected participants fail to prove their status as state or municipal teachers, they will forfeit their place in the program and will not be able to participate.

The 2016 ELTP application has closed.

Please revisit this page next Fall for details regarding the 2017 application.

BYLP ELTP participants in a group photo at Columbia University.

Selected educators will spend 21 days of training in USA, covering:

  • Transportation to and from USA
  • Accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Group meals
  • Insurance
  • Tuition
  • Training manuals and education materials

Below is a video on a participant's takeaway from the ELTP Program

BYLP ELTP participant sharing what she has learned from the program.

For more information, please contact the program administrator at

Q: How important are the eligibility requirements?Group photo of BYLP ELTP participants wearing program baseball hats.

A: The ELTP eligibility requirements are very important. IIE will review submitted application carefully to ensure that all applicant meet the eligibility criteria.

Q: Can I apply for the program if I am a teacher at a private school in Bulgaria?

A: No. In order to apply for ELTP, you need to be a school teacher at a state or a municipal school.

Q: Can I apply for the program if I am not a teacher, but I work as pedagogical professional in the school?

A: No. The ELTP program is designed and intended for primary and/or secondary teachers only.

Q: When does the ELTP program usually take place and how long does it last?

A: The ELTP program usually takes place in October and last for three weeks.

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