The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Andrew Paulsen M.A. ‘14 has been chosen for a Fulbright Distinguished Award to teach in Taiwan. Paulsen, a graduate of the Education Leadership, Management and Policy program at Seton Hall, teaches algebra and geometry at East Side High School in Newark, NJ.
In a recent article highlighting Paulsen as a national finalist for the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice (approximately 5000 teachers are nominated yearly; in 2017, only nine were named finalists), the award committee noted that:
“During the 2015-2016 school year, Paulsen’s students had the highest passing percentage on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam of any high school classroom in Newark Public Schools. Only 75 students in the entire district passed the geometry test this past year—and 25 were enrolled in Paulsen’s class. Throughout the entire district, only three students were awarded ‘exceeds expectations.’ Paulsen taught all three.”
In 2016, Paulsen received Teach For America’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, and was also recognized by the Newark Teachers Union earlier this year.
According to a release from the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, “Paulsen is one of approximately 35 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2017-2018. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.”
In Taiwan, Paulsen will research eastern mathematics pedagogy and consider how to implement best teaching practices that are culturally relevant and responsible, while serving as “a cultural ambassador,” one of the stated missions of the Fulbright Program.
“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this Fulbright ‘Distinguished Awards in Teaching’ grant. I look forward to visiting schools throughout Taiwan and researching their education system while never losing focus of the goal of bringing back some of the most innovative teaching practices in the world. The incredible students of Newark, New Jersey deserve the best education, and I hope this project will help support that goal.” said Paulsen. “My experience at Seton Hall gave me the ethical grounding, servant leadership, and critical thinking skills necessary to enact transformational change in our public schools, and I will work relentlessly until every child receives the opportunity they deserve.”
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.