Fulbright Forum Celebrating Global Education: Focus on K-12 Teachers, Higher Education, and Teacher Exchanges

October 24, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, and 2021 will also be the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program! What a perfect opportunity to focus on a segment of our alumni and friends who have been recipients of awards that target support of global education, distinguished achievement in the realm of teaching, and international teacher exchange, such as Distinguished Awards in Teaching (DAT)Teachers for Global Classrooms, and English Teaching Assistant (ETA).

The Oct. 24 virtual event will feature an informational session and overview provided by Outreach & Recruitment of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Washington, DC, of the types of Fulbright awards that are available to U.S. teachers of early, secondary, and higher education. A panel of recently returned alumni will address the value and impact of their awards. Additionally, a panel of representatives from area colleges will discuss global teacher exchange programs at their respective institutions.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 • 9:30-11:30 a.m. • On Zoom

  • 9:30 a.m. • Music Introduction with Fulbright Alumni Timothy Burris & Lauren Crosby
  • 10:00-11:30 a.m. • Speakers and Panelists
  • Introduction by Elaine Potoker, President, Maine Fulbright Chapter
  • Kirsten Brewer, Panel Moderator, Chair of Marketing Committee

Speakers:

  • Emily Dudley, Deputy Project Director for Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programs at IREX
  • Lee RiversOutreach and Recruitment Specialist at the Institute of International Education

Panelists:

  • Lillian Eckstein, English Teaching Assistant, Spain 2018-19
  • Guy Hamlin, Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms, Indonesia 2018
  • Miranda Richman, English Teaching Assistant, South Korea 2019-20
  • Erin Towns, Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms, Kazakhstan 2012-13 
  • Dr. Linda Beck, Fulbright Hays Scholar, Senegal 1992
  • Dr. William Lindblad, Husson University
  • Dr. Joanne Williams, University of Southern Maine

Reserve Your Seat Online. This event is free and open to the public. 

The Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association gratefully acknowledges the support of Bangor Savings Bank in sponsoring this event. This event is also brought to you in part by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Dept. of State.

For more information, contact the Maine Fulbright Association, maine@fulbright.org.

Engage Young Readers with Resources from the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival

Indigo Arts Alliance launched the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival across the State of Maine in Summer 2020 and shines a spotlight on the Black artists and writers who create children’s books featuring characters of the African Diaspora. Named in honor of Maine’s own Ashley Bryan, this inaugural event presented in partnership with I’m Your Neighbor Books, Diverse Book Finder, and the Maine Association of School Libraries honors roots, identity and resiliency of Black people across the world.  

Unable to engage with readers in person this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival celebrates virtually from May 25 to August 31, 2020 and features arts & crafts workshops, guest speakers, book read-alouds, a lively dance-along, and amazing performances.  

One of several Indigo programs that bring real, actionable change to the Maine’s arts and culture sector, the festival inspires children to read, write, or illustrate as well as raise the visibility of the extensive community and culture of Black and African American Authors and Illustrators. In a commitment to enable readers young and old to see themselves reflected in literature not just online, the festival created access to Black and African American characters in Maine by providing over 1,500 free books to children of all backgrounds in Portland.  

Although the festival specifically highlights books created for readers up to the age of 12, the overall mission applies to the entire family.  As Diverse Book Finder Director Dr. Krista Aronson explains, she and Indigo know it is important to create access to literature that cultivates creators who understand the necessity of self-identity.  “Books leave their mark,” the professor of Psychology at Bates College states in an early festival video. “They shape who we are, how we come to see ourselves, and who we will become… Picture books provide vehicles for parents and children to connect and share when they depict stories to which parents can relate.” 

With a festival kick-off in sync with the Maine’s Bi-Centennial events, the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival is truly an all ages Black is beautiful celebration.  This year’s featured picture books and creators include selected works by several nationally recognized Black authors and illustrators as well as several Maine contributors including Ashley Bryan, author Samara Coyle Doyon, the Young Adult Writers of The Telling Room, and Coretta Scott King Award Winning Illustrator Daniel Minter.  Presenting nine books that represent the modern and historical African American experience, the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival also highlights the experience of recent immigrants from Ethiopia, Somalia, and Haiti.

“We are proud to have retooled and redesigned this festival so we could bring it directly to families and children,” said Indigo Co-founder Marcia Minter. “It honors diversity, respects all cultures and builds a strong sense of community for all of us.”

Find Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival content year-round at www.beautifulblackbird.com