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INA Teacher Receives Fulbright Award

Whitney Peters, a sixth and seventh grade ESL/writing teacher at Fort Worth ISD’s International Newcomer Academy , is one of approximately 70 U.S. citizens selected for the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms program.

The Fulbright Program, an international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, awards grants to individuals “on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership potential,” according to a recent statement issued by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office.

“The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop skills for preparing students for a competitive global economy,” according to the statement issued by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “The program equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration.”

Ms. Peters said that she’s honored to participate in the program. She’s already more than a couple weeks into discussing global competency in the classroom, she said.

“I applied for this opportunity to grow global competency within myself and my classroom because I believe in continually working on expanding the single narratives we often hold onto about others,” Ms. Peters said. “Yes, my classroom at INA each year reflects countries from around the world; however, I want to expand my understanding beyond thinking global means learning about an "other" or experiences at a distance. “

This year, Ms. Peters started her sixth academic year with the District at INA and as a teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, Ms. Peters worked in Nicaragua with a local development agency where she learned Spanish and worked with local people and community members. Following her work in Nicaragua, she worked in North Carolina at a retreat center educating groups about poverty issues.

Alumni of the Fulbright Program include Noble Prize laureates, MacArthur Foundation Fellows, heads of state or government and Pulitzer Prize winners.