Bulgarian Young Leaders Program | Educational Leaders' Training Program (ELTP)

Educational Leaders' Training Program (ELTP)

Program Description

ELTP will bring 20 Bulgarian 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.


  • Applicants must be Bulgarian citizens who currently work and reside in Bulgaria.
  • Applicants must be 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.

Note: Recruitment for ELTP 2014 is now closed. Please check back in November 2014 for information regarding the next round of recruitment.


Program Benefits

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

For more information, please contact the program administrator at bylp@iie.org.

Q: How important are the eligibility requirements?

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 secondary 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 high school 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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