Newburgh Free Academy Teacher Receives Fulbright Award



     Christine McCartney, an English Language Arts teacher at Newburgh Free Academy and Teacher Consultant for the Hudson Valley Writing Project has been awarded a Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching grant to conduct research in Finland, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

     McCartney is one of approximately 20 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program in 2012-2013. During her six month stay in Finland, McCartney will study at the University of Tampere where she will conduct seminars for local teachers and students, observe classes, and complete a capstone project in which she will research how Finnish teachers utilize formative assessments in their classrooms.

     The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. McCartney was selected on the basis of her academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in her field.

     Since its establishment in 1946, Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 78 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.

     For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

***For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-632-3241 or e-mail fulbright@state.gov.