Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching in the United States and abroad.

The program brings highly accomplished primary and secondary teachers from the United States to pursue professional development projects in Finland and sends Finnish teachers to the United States for a semester-long professional development program.

Holly Emert talks about the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in Finland

Holly Emert, Assistant Director of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program at IIE, describes the program and talks about some of the great capstone projects the awardees have been able to accomplish during and after the program.

FDAT in Finland

The FDAT program is administered in Finland by the Fulbright Center. The program partner on the US side is the Institute of International Education (IIE). 

U.S. Teachers Reflections

Anna Marquardt (2015-16): Sampo Search: A Different Way of Thinking about How Finns Think Different

David Tow (2015-16): Finland is the world

Elizabeth Radday (2015-16): Choice and Responsibility

Erin Dowding (2015-16): Language and Assessment in Finnish Schools

Heidi Katz and Patrick Walsh (2015-16): Education for the Future: Relevant Goals and Outcomes

Contact Person in Finland

Ms. Mirka McIntire
Manager, Teacher Exchange and Education Programs
tel. +358 44 5535 269
mirka.mcintire(at)fulbright.fi


Music matters in Finland. My Fulbright experience not only opened classroom doors in Rauma, Kuopio, Rantasalmi, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, and other communities, but also allowed me to savor the sounds of symphony orchestras, intergenerational wind bands, and folk music ensembles . My discovery that Finnish music educators are more focused on the process than the product and embrace a philosophy of music for well-­‐being has greatly influenced my own teaching strategies and beliefs.

Music allows us to cross international borders and concurrently preserves our own national identity. I will never forget the beauty of Finland and the relationships I forged there. As a result of my Fulbright experience, I can now bring together the best practices of Finnish and American music educators and share them in my global classroom.

- Yvonne Allen, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching, University of Jyväskylä 2015

Photo: Conducting Rantasalmi Wind Band


American Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program Grantees in Finland

2016-2017

Howard, Stephen
Meadowdale Middle School, WA
University of Helsinki
Capstone Project: Not Just in Science Class: Developing a Global View of Sustainability Education Across the Curricula

Larson, Tiffany
El Dorado High School, CA
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Second Language Acquisition: Does Finland Get Immigrant Students to the Finnish Line?

Lucius, Rachel
Rahn Elementary School, MN
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: An In-Depth Look at Music Education and Children's Choirs in Finland

Molina, Mayra
Winter Gardens Elementary School, CA
Niilo Mäki Institute
Capstone Project: The Effects of Motivation and Best Practices on Low-Performing Students: Finland's Success Story

Nickerson, Sundra
Rudy G.Bologna Elementary School, AZ
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
Capstone Project: Instructional Strategies for Engaging 5th and 6th Grade Girls in Project Based STEM

Poole, Mark
High Tech High Chula Vista, CA
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: An Analysis of Deeper Learning Competencies Across Finnish Upper Secondary Tracks

Schmuttermair, Andrea
Colorado STEM Academy, CO
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
Capstone Project: Globalizing STEM: Creating STEM Partnerships with Finland

Woodruff, Nathaniel
Amherst Regional High School, NY
University of Helsinki
Capstone Project: Education for the 21st Century: Engaging Students with Authentic, Interdisciplinary Projects
 

2015-2016

Brandt, Ann
Baggaley Elementary School, Latrobe, PA
Niilo Mäki Institute
Capstone Project: Improving Interdisciplinary Staff Education in the Use of Multisensory Environments

Dowding, Erin
Flushing International High School, Flushing, NY
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Learning to Learn: Performance Based Assessments in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

Hanson-Peters, Meghan
Steamboat Springs High School, Steamboat Springs, CO
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Cooperative Learning Strategies as a Best Practice in Student-Directed, Globally-Minded Classrooms

Marquardt, Anna
Carencro High, Lafayette, LA
University of Turku
Capstone Project: Creative Literacy in the Secondary Language Classroom(s)

Radday, Elizabeth
The Marvelwood School, Kent, CT
Niilo Mäki Institute
Capstone Project: Special and Supplementary Education Beyond the Compulsory Years in Finland

Tow, David
Terra Linda High School, San Rafael, CA
Host to be confirmed
Capstone Project: Boundaries Beyond Borders: Constructing Global Identities from National Civic Involvement

Walsh, Patrick
Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR
University of Helsinki
Capstone Project: Globalized Youth Online: Communication, Debate, Solutions

2014-2015

Allen, Yvonne
Horseheads Middle School, Horseheads, NY
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Is the United States Losing a Generation of Music Makers? What US Schools Can Learn From Finland

Chavez, Tina
High Tech High North County, San Marcos, CA
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Risk-Taking in Teaching in Finland: What Factors Allow Teachers to Innovate in the Classroom?

Chavez-Miller, Jennifer
Mountain Mahogany Community School, Albuquerque, NM
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Global Learning: Fostering Knowledge, Attitudes and Skills for Global

Damon-Wynne, Audrey
McFarland High School, McFarland, WI
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Democracy Is a verb: Best Practices for Engaging Students in Civic Education

Day, Kelly
Westfield Middle School, Westfield, IN
University of Helsinki
Capstone Project: Breaking Through the "Math" Ceiling: Helping Girls Gain Confidence and Competence in Mathematics

Dix, Cheryl
Strong Vincent High School, Erie, PA
University of Turku
Capstone Project: Mind the Gap: Teacher Practice Bridging High Elementary to High Middle School Performance

Fisher, Sherri
Patapsco High School & CFA, Dundalk, MD
Aalto University
Capstone Project: Charting the Culture of the Classroom

Kissel, Stacy
Brookline High School, Brookline, MA
University of Helsinki
Capstone Project: Supporting Special Education Students in Science: Lessons from Finnish Comprehensive Schools

Lioz, Melissa
Joseph J. Hurley K-8, Boston, MA
University of Turku
Capstone Project: Depth vs. Breadth and Critical Thinking in Finland's Middle School Maths Classes

O'Donnell, Ellen
Deerfield Community School, Deerfield, NH
University of Helsinki
Capstone Project: Science Teacher Preparation in Finland: What Does It Entail and How Does It Look in the Classroom?

2013-2014

Condon, Katherine
MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN
Sibelius Academy
Capstone Project: Creating a Comprehensive, Replicable Music Education Program

Elkins, Kathryn P.
Sapulpa Public Schools, Sapulpa, OK
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Project-Based Learning Practices of Finland

Martin, Karen JoAnn
Denali Borough School District, Healy, AK
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Research-Based Teaching: The Power to Transform Teaching Practices

Polski, Crystal
Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Creating a 21st Century Classroom

Zoellner-Gonzalez, Jeanne
Brighton Park School, Chicago, IL
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: Conceptual Knowledge vs. Procedural Knowledge - Laying the Math Foundation Before Memorization Begins

2012-2013

Eldridge, Laurie
Ira A. Murphy Elementary School Phoenix, AZ
University of Helsinki
Capstone Project: Crossing Borders - Being Part of the World: An Intercultural Art Education Curriculum Model

English, Janet
Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Lake Forest, CA
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus
Capstone Project: Sharing and Collaborating with Great Science Teachers Around the World

Lee, Karen
Thurgood Marshall Academy, Washington, DC
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone Project: The Option of Vocational Schools

MacCartney, Christine
Newburgh Enlarged City School District, NY
University of Tampere
Capstone Project: Using Performance Based Indicators to Guide Ongoing Daily Assessment

Siepiola, Amanda
Horace Mann Elementary School, Washington, DC
University of Helsinki
Capstone Project: You are NOT Taught, You Learn: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue of Constructivism and Play in the United States and Finland

2011-2012

Reynolds, Robert
Chicago Public Schools, Instruction Office, Chicago, IL
University of Helsinki
Capstone Project: Building on Best Practices of Mathematics Teaching and Learning

2010-2011

Applegate, Sarah
River Ridge High School, Lacey, WA
University of Helsinki
Capstone project: School Success Without Always Having a School Library

Thai, Binh
University Neighborhood Middle School, New York, NY
University of Jyväskylä
Capstone project: Applied Critical Thinking through Skills-Based Standards

Yocum, Katherine
William Walker Elementary School, Portland, OR
University of Tampere
Capstone project: The Provision of High-Quality Education in Finland: What Teachers of Culturally
and Linguistically Diverse Students in the United States Can Learn from the Finnish Model

2009-2010

Hedrick, Benjamin
Stanford University, CA
University of Tampere, Department of Teacher Education
Capstone Project: Assessment strategy and design in Finnish heterogeneous classrooms

Lahti-Hommeyer, Lynn
Bruce Monroe at Parkview School, Washington D.C.
University of Lapland, Faculty of Education
Capstone Project: The Finnish Primary School: Ten Elements of Educational Excellence (pdf)