Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching program recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching in the U.S. and abroad. It is part of the overall Fulbright Program, named in honor of Senator William Fulbright, which promotes mutual understanding among people of the United States and other countries. The program sends highly accomplished primary and secondary teachers from the U.S. abroad and brings international teachers to the U.S for a three to six month long program. In 2010-11, the participating countries are: Argentina, Finland, India, Israel, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

The program will provide U.S. award recipients with the opportunity to study in an overseas research center or university. International participants will gather at a single U.S. university college of education which will provide a broad range of education classes and faculty support. Participants can take master’s level classes, conduct research, lead classes and seminars for host country teachers and students, or engage in other teaching related activities. During the program, Distinguished Awardees will work towards the completion of a capstone project of their own design. The teachers will also be placed near local secondary schools, where grantees may team teach or guest lecture in classes. Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.

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