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Brighton to Host Fulbright Teachers for a Second Year

The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and Human Development received $260,000 in funding to continue hosting the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers. For a second straight year, Brighton Central School District will be one of the local districts to participate in the program.

The University Rochester stands as one of only two universities nationwide selected as a host institution for the program for the fall 2024 semester. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by the International Research and Exchanges Board, the program facilitates professional development opportunities for international primary and secondary teachers selected as Fulbright recipients in their respective home countries.

The program will bring 22 Fulbright Teachers from 13 countries to Rochester, where they will complete coursework at the University while collaborating with local educators through field experiences in schools or a community-based workplace setting. These visiting master teachers will also engage in research-based projects, attend seminars, and explore regional and historical sites around Rochester. Other partnering districts include Rochester and Rush-Henrietta.

The Fulbright Teachers, hailing from Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Finland, Greece, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, and Uganda, will be in Rochester from Aug. 13 to Dec. 11, enriching the community with their diverse backgrounds and expertise.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program, promoting mutual understanding and collaboration between the United States and other nations. In 2023, the Warner School hosted 17 international educators from around the world through this program.