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Raytown South Middle Principal Selected for Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Raytown South Middle School Principal Dr. Carl Calcara of received a Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program grant.

According to a press release by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Fulbright Teacher Exchange, Dr. Calcara is one of 20 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools in 2020-2021. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Dr. Calcara is excited to bring back opportunities for learning and exploration to his students at Raytown South Middle School, “I am more than honored to have been selected and look forward to the experience,” Dr. Calcara said.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world 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, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all fields, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the United States’ long term interests. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many areas, 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.

The Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program sends cohorts of K–12 school and district administrators to Finland and Singapore for an intensive program (approximately 10 days in length) to learn about best educational practices to enhance students’ learning and prepare them for careers and citizenship in a global economy. Dr. Calcara will participate in the cohort traveling to Finland. 

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit their website at http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.