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A Transdisciplinary Arts Program for Teachers

The Russian American Cultural Exchange (RACE):

  RACE: for Students

  RACE: for Educators

  Summer Arts Institute
  for Educators

RACE:  The Summer Arts Institute for Educators

Recognizing that the summer provides excellent opportunities for teachers to learn and hone their skills, SAI was created for Russians and Americans.

SELECTION: U.S. educators were nominated and supported by their school districts. Russian educators were nominated by the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation or the Moscow City Department of Education or by educators who had participated in previous RACE exchanges.

PREPARATION: Prior to travel, orientation workshops addressed school structure, challenges, students, history and goals of education, technology, languages, culture, history, customs and arts of the host country.

CALENDAR: U.S. educators traveled to Russia in summer; Russian educators traveled to the U.S. the following November. All visits lasted for two weeks.

IN COUNTRY: Educators were partnered with those having similar school responsibilities and lived in each other’s homes. They studied each other’s system of education, became acquainted with each other’s communities, learned about each other’s countries, cultures, customs and arts.

DEBRIEFING: Discussions assessed the impact of educators’ travel, discussed how the program could be more effective and designed ways in which communication with partners might continue.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT: 82 educators from 28 U.S. and Russian schools participated.

LONG-TERM IMPACT: Educators have made return visits to their host countries, at times taking their children and spouses along to meet host partners; Teachers have maintained contact, developing school projects, sharing teaching strategies and materials and expanding the program to other students within their area of influence.

The Ambassador Alexandr A. Razvin Trust for Russian American Understanding strives to continue this remarkable man’s legacy.