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Six International High School teachers, six William Paterson University student teachers will focus on India’s globalization and multiculturalism to develop curriculum


WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) today announced a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad grant of $80,075 to William Paterson University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Education. The funding will be used to send six teachers from Paterson’s International High School, as well as six William Paterson University student teachers, to India to experience the country’s globalization and multiculturalism.
“As the Eighth Congressional District becomes increasingly more ethnically diverse, opportunities for our educators to be immersed in other cultures have become extremely valuable,” said Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee. “India has been experiencing great changes, and these educators will be able to learn about the country in ways that simply cannot be done by reading a book or surfing the web. Students in Paterson and the surrounding communities will benefit from the knowledge the participating educators will bring from India into their classrooms. We all will benefit from more people having a greater understanding of India, its people, history and place that is has on the world stage today.”

“William Paterson University is very proud to have received this very prestigious, nationally competitive grant,” says Edward Weil, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at William Paterson University.  “This project, a collaboration between our College of Humanities and Social Sciences and our College of Education, will provide our students as well as teachers in the Paterson School District with an extraordinary experience that will enhance their ability to introduce critical issues of multiculturalism and globalization into the curriculum.”

“As one of the most diverse school districts in New Jersey, we were extremely pleased to be asked to partner with William Paterson University on this important cultural project,” said Dr. Donnie Evans, State District Superintendent of Paterson Public Schools.  “This project complements our academic priorities at Paterson’s International High School, and will provide our educators of international studies with an outstanding opportunity for professional development.”

The goal of the project is to enable participants to appreciate the cultural and social diversity of India, and the dynamic ways that globalization and multiculturalism are navigated, negotiated, and given differing meanings in a complex society. The grant will support a four-week study intense immersion experience that will include visits to various historical and cultural sites in both cities and rural/village clusters in north and south India.
Upon return participants will collectively produce a primer for use in schools to teach about India and South Asia, present at a regional conference on Teaching Asia, produce lesson plans and incorporate material from India into their global studies curriculum, and establish linkages with the South Asian community in New Jersey.
The project will also build a critical learning community of social studies and global studies teachers in New Jersey by fostering mentoring and leadership skills among participants


For more information, contact:
Terry Corallo,