IUP to host international educators under Fulbright grant
Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host a miniature United Nations of sorts this spring when 18 kindergarten-through-12th-grade teachers from seven countries converge on campus for a special Fulbright Awards program that focuses on international teachers.
The university, which received a $205,000 Fulbright grant to underwrite the program, is among three in the nation that have been selected as host institutions for the program, IUP officials said.
Educators from Botswana, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, Singapore and Uganda will participate in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers at IUP.
Program participants will take courses at IUP and visit school districts including Indiana Area School District and Pittsburgh Public Schools. They also will tour the region’s career and technical centers and the Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit.
IUP officials hailed the Fulbright-sponsored program as a testament to the university’s teacher preparation programs and its office of international education.
“This is a win for all: it’s a great opportunity for the visitors to learn from IUP professionals; it’s a chance for us to learn from internationals from different countries and them and about their home countries; and for the participating school districts to have exposure to these international professionals,” IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Timothy Moerland said.