A Thousand Oaks High School teacher will travel to Singapore after receiving a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Christine Powell, a special education teacher at the high school, is one of about 35 United States citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2018-19. Recipients of the grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.
“I am excited about the opportunity to represent Thousand Oaks High School and the Conejo Valley Unified School District through this Fulbright opportunity,” Powell said in a news release from the district. “My focus is on students with disabilities accessing career technical education in Singapore.”
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program sends U.S. teachers abroad and brings international teachers to the United States for a semester of independent study and professional development focused on sharing international best practices and developing students’ global competence, according to the district release.
Based at university-level schools of education or other educational institutions in the host country, participants complete an inquiry project, take courses, share their expertise with local teachers and students, and engage in action planning to implement what they learn on the program when they return home.
“My inquiry project will examine school-based transition programs in Singapore with a lens on students with Special Education Needs (SEN). Career and college readiness are topics of renewed focus in educational policy in the United States, My inquiry project abroad will provide a global example of school to work vocational programs by highlighting the work Singapore is currently doing in support of students with learning differences,” Powell said. “I will work to utilize what I learn to better support students in career objectives but also provide professional development to my peers, my district, and to educational organizations.”
Powell has been in the Conejo Valley Unified School District for a decade.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.
I will be traveling to Singapore in January 2019