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Thousand Oaks High School’s Christine Powell Receives Fulbright Award

Dr. Christine Powell of Thousand Oaks High School has received a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant to Singapore from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

“I am excited about the opportunity to represent Thousand Oaks High School and the Conejo Valley Unified School District through this Fulbright opportunity,” said Dr. Powell. “My focus is on students with disabilities accessing career technical education in Singapore.”

Dr. Powell is one of approximately 35 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2018-2019. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program sends U.S. teachers abroad and brings international teachers to the United States for a semester of independent study and professional development focused on sharing international best practices and developing students’ global competence.  Based at university-level schools of education or other educational institutions in the host country, participants complete an inquiry project, take courses, share their expertise with local teachers and students, and engage in action planning to implement what they learn on the program when they return home. 

“My inquiry project abroad will provide a global example by highlighting the work Singapore is currently doing in support of students with learning differences,” said Dr. Powell. “I will work to utilize what I learn to better support students in career objectives but also provide professional development to my peers, my district, and to educational organizations.”

Dr. Powell is a special education teacher at Thousand Oaks High School, and has been a teacher with CVUSD for ten years.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide. 

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.  Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government. 

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit:

Congratulations Dr. Powell

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