California Elementary Principal John Albert Receives Fulbright Award

Orange, CA – February 3, 2020 – The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that California Elementary School Principal John Albert, Ed.D., has been offered a Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program grant.

Albert is one of 20 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools in 2020-2021. He will join cohorts of K–12 school and district administrators for an intensive program (approximately 10 days in length) that visits Finland and Singapore to learn about best educational practices to enhance students’ learning and prepare them for careers and citizenship in a global economy.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Albert being selected as a participant in the Fulbright Leaders for Global Schools Program,” stated Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Cathleen Corella. “Dr. Albert is an exceptional leader whose quest to be a life-long learner has garnered him great knowledge on the pedagogy of impactful teaching and learning.”

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected based on academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. Under Albert’s leadership, California Elementary School has been named a California Gold Ribbon School, Title I Academic Achievement Award School, two-time C.S.B.A. Golden Bell winner, Top 10 State E.R.P. School, and a 2017-2019 & 2019-2022 Apple Distinguished School.  California Elementary also offers an innovative Dual Spanish Immersion Program and an Inclusive Schooling Program where each student is provided a school-issued iPad that they have access to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a fully integrated curriculum.

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.

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The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 28,000 K-12 grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader.