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  1. Fulbright Grant and Program Opportunities for Chicago Public Schools Teachers October 22nd, 2010 Cristina Sisson and Lisa Vazquez Chicago Chapter of Fulbright Board Members

  2. My Fulbright GrantEnglish Teaching Assistantship- Uruguay 2006

  3. Who was J. William Fulbright?(1905-1995) * Arkansas Senator *Chairman of Foreign Affairs Co. *Committed to mutual understanding among nations *In 1946, his Fulbright Scholarship Program legislation passed in Congress unanimously.

  4. What is a Fulbright? *International educational exchange program sponsored by U.S. government. *Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. *Provides opportunities to study, teach, and conduct research, exchange ideas. *Designed to increase mutual understanding.

  5. Where do the funds come from? *The Fulbright is sponsored by the the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). *The Congressional appropriation for the Fulbright Program in 2010 was $253.8 million. *Foreign governments contributed approximately 68.5 million.

  6. How many Fulbrighters are there? *Approximately 300,000 “Fulbrighters” *114,000 from the United States *186,000 from other countries *The Fulbright Program awards about 8,000 new grants annually. *Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

  7. Where do I start? Start researching early! What programs are available? Which countries are participating? Which program works for you?

  8. Short Term Summer Fulbright Grant Programs *Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program and Special Bilateral Projects *Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad Program *Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development

  9. What are the Fulbright Hays Programs? *Administered by the U.S. Department of Education *Goal of internationalizing U.S. educational infrastructure *Strengthen area and foreign language expertise of U.S. educators *Provide opportunities for study and research

  10. Fulbright HaysSeminars Abroad Program *160 educators in the humanities, social sciences and languages travel abroad for 4-6 weeks seminars. *Form vital cross-cultural partnerships while engaging in curriculum development projects. *Eligible participants: K-12 teachers *Grant covers airfare, room and board, tuition and fees, and travel in the destination country.

  11. My Fulbright Experience

  12. Fulbright Hays Seminars Abroad Program 2010 *Elementary Seminars: Argentina, India, Turkey, and Greece *Secondary Seminars: China, Mexico, and Thailand and Vietnam

  13. Fulbright Hays Group Project *Grants to support overseas group projects *Training, research and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.

  14. Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad Program Details: *Projects cannot be about Canada or Western Europe. *Three major project types: 1) Short term Seminars 2) Curriculum Development 3) Group Research or Study Projects

  15. Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development *Fully funded program for 48 U.S. teachers. *Learn about Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) efforts. *Develop ESD curricula. *K-12 teachers travel in June-July.

  16. Trip Specifics *Orientation to Japanese culture and education. *Workshops and presentations with experts in ESD *Visits to cultural sites *Home stay with Japanese family *Visits to ESD focused schools

  17. What to do next? *Check out the website. *Think about integration, thematic units, curriculum alignment, internationalizing education. *January 2011- look at available countries. *Start the application process.

  18. How Can I Take Advantage of the Fulbright Programs Without Leaving Chicago?? Announcing a new pilot program for 2011… Bringing the World to the Classroom: Fulbright Student/Scholars in CPS Classrooms

  19. Rationale This program reinforces an engaging and meaningful globally based experience within the classroom to facilitate students’ examination of the world and their role within it in a manner that allows them to experience first-hand the people, places, and events from various countries through a unique in-class interaction with a visiting Fulbright Student/Scholar.

  20. The Goal • To provide authentic international experiences for, and increase global awareness among, middle school and high school students in Chicago; • To help students apply what they learn in order to become engaged citizens and actors in an ever-changing world; • To take advantage of the international resources that exist without leaving the city of Chicago.

  21. What is it? • Collaborative Effort • Innovative Use of Resources • Adaptable Design

  22. Collaborative Effort • CPS – Office of World Languages, Office of Social Sciences, Office of External Partnerships, middle school and high school teachers • International Institute of Education (facilitates the Fulbright programs) • Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association

  23. Innovative Use of Resources These Visiting Scholars in Your Classroom!! • 119 Fulbright Student Scholars currently studying/researching in Chicago at area universities • At least 1 academic year • Professional and academic backgrounds with expertise in various fields – 41 fields (Arts, Literature, Political Science, Anthropology, Law, Biology, Physics…) • 55 Countries represented

  24. Adaptable Design Teachers manipulate to fit needs • Series of visits or individual visit • Presentation style • Integrated collaborative project • Single-Class or Multi-Class/School Visit • Safari Live Chat conversation/video conference • Email dialogue

  25. Adaptable Design – Project Ideas • Formal Country Factual Presentation – Scholar presents about general or specific area of their home country • Social/Cultural Presentation - Scholar presents on life, culture, traditions, and societal aspects • Informal Question & Answer session – (example: Compare and Contrast music in visitor’s country and US.) • Personal Narrative - experience or area of study (example: war survivor or archeologist) • Foreign language Authentic Practice Session - language expert or may provide nuances such as dialect • Skill-Based Workshop - Using field or area of expertise, scholar can provide instruction on content or skills (example: journalist can instruct on finding reliable resources)

  26. Pilot Program Seeking small group of Middle or High Schools Teachers with supportive principals Selection process – logistical factors not all schools will be able to participate in initial group

  27. Timeline Application process starts NOW! TODAY - Sign up to receive application link End of October - Application links sent out Late November - Applications Due January 2011 – begin visits 2011-2012 school year – expansion of program

  28. QUESTIONS?? Lisa Vazquez Cristina Sisson Board Members of Chicago Chapter of Fulbright Alumni Association FulbrightWTC@gmail.com

  29. Senator Fulbright Quotes “The exchange program is the thing that reconciles me to all the difficulties of political life.” “We must dare to think about unthinkable things because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.”