The Fulbright Austria Team was pleased to welcome 26 second-year US Teaching Assistants to the office in q21/MQ for a workshop on lessons learned and best practices in teaching led by Program Officer Belona Berchtaler, and a session on EducationUSA resources introduced by EducationUSA Adviser Molly Roza. It was great to see all of our seasoned USTAs and connect with more than 30 new ones, that joined us for a glass of wine on the balcony.
For the first time, EducationUSA Fulbright Austria will be advising students on study and scholarship opportunities in the USA at the fair.versity Austria – the fair for EVERYONE. Make your skills and experience count – regardless of age, sex, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion, social status and/or disability. Come as you are – be who you are! Fulbright Austria staff will be on hand throughout the fair to provide you with individualized advice about studying in the US and Fulbright scholarships.
Fulbright Austria will host an afternoon of brainstorming, discussion, and just plain fun for the second-year teaching assistants to start the new school year off with enthusiasm. The program will include group activities were TAs can share what lessons and strategies worked best for them in the previous year, as well as share what ideas they have for making their second year even better than the first. The afternoon will be followed by a reception where first-year teaching assistant can mingle with and ask advice from second-year teaching assistants.
Over 100 new USTAs got oriented in beautiful Saalbach Hinterglemm and historic St Pölten Austria before starting their new positions as TAs in secondary school classrooms across all nine Austrian provinces. Executive Director Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Program Officer Belona Berchtaler, and Program Assistant Betsy Akins welcomed the new cohort as part of the Fulbright Austria community.
Twenty-two new US Fulbright student grantees and seven scholars participated in the Fall 2016 US Fulbright orientation, which included lectures and discussions in Fulbright Austria's Q21 offices, a walking tour of the Vienna's Ringstrasse, a reception at the home of U.S. Embassy Vienna Deputy Chief of Mission Eugene Young, and a field trip to the beautiful Stift Klosterneuburg.
Fulbright Austria executive director, Lonnie R. Johnson, will be giving a talk on “Philosophy, Politics, Money, and Memory: The Fulbright Program at Seventy, 1946-2016”, at the University of Arkansas on November 2 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program.
Two orientations for the incoming USTAs and Fubright Combined Grantees will be held in Saalbach-Hinterglemm for USTAs living and teaching in western Austria and in St. Pölten for USTAs living and teaching in eastern Austria. During this week USTAs will work in small groups with actual Austrian secondary school teachers to learn about the Austrian education system and what to expect in the coming year.