We have a Fulbright scholar in our teaching community! Moira Dalibor, Redwood Middle School Math and Social Studies Teacher, is a Fulbright award recipient and has been selected to participate in the 2022-2023 Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program. The presidentially appointed Fullbright Board supervises the program and was responsible for selecting all Fulbright recipients. Mrs. Dalibor received a grant, appropriated by the U.S. Congress and contributions from partner countries and private parties, to fund her year-long program and, according to the Fulbright Board Chair, this grant award is a reflection of her leadership and contributions to society. Through this program, Mrs. Dalibor has been participating in an online course, partnering with teachers in America and abroad, and has even partnered her students with students in a New Jersey school as they collect and share data to analyze. Another component of the program is an international teaching placement. Mrs. Dalibor recently received the exciting news that she will be placed in a school in Ghana for a few weeks in March! We can’t wait to hear about the experiences she has, the learning she absorbs, and the things she is able to share during her time there.
Read an excerpt of Mrs. Dalibor‘s award letter below.
The Fulbright Program, overseen by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. As a grantee, you will join the ranks of many distinguished program participants. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 61 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 76 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program.
On Thursday and Friday of this week, Mrs. Dalibor and I are being sent to Washington D.C. to participate in the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Global Education Symposium. We will have the opportunity to meet with officials from the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and other Fulbright recipients and their designated administrators. There will be professional learning workshops related to global education and we will be provided with tools, projects, and ideas to bring back to Redwood. I am looking forward to having this experience with Mrs. Dalibor and learning more about how the Fulbright program can help our school and students in the future.
We couldn’t be more proud of Moira, her hard work to get to this place in her career, her continued efforts to be a life-long learner, and her passion for making connections and participating in programs that will benefit her students. As a teacher who is always thinking of the next “big idea,” this is a well-deserved recognition!
-Sarah Cummins
Head of School