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Extension Leader Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

UCR Extension Education Director Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

(April 17, 2002)

Sue Teele, director of the Education Extension at the University of California, Riverside, has been named UCR Extension's first recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship.

The Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant will allow Teele to travel to Middle Eastern Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey in September to share her expertise in multiple intelligences with educators there.

'This honor and a recognition from the Fulbright Program makes all of us at University Extension and campus proud,' said Jack Azzaretto, dean of UCR Extension. 'UCR is committed to international education and we welcome this opportunity to share our knowledge and resources to help students all over the world achieve success in education.'

Teele is the author of several books and articles on multiple intelligences – a theory created by Howard Gardner, a Harvard University Professor, who believes that everyone is capable of at least seven ways of learning (intelligences). Gardner’s theory also states that everyone possesses a number of intelligences in varying degrees, with certain intelligences dominant over others.

Teele has taught more than 10,000 educators how to identify dominant intelligences and design effective strategies for matching how students learn with instruction. Teele developed UCR Extension's Multiple Intelligences Certificate Program, the only program of its kind in the world.

'Standard teaching emphasizes linguistic and logical-mathematical abilities, which require the use of specific intelligences, but students become more actively engaged in learning and their academic performance improves when they are allowed to learn and succeed using their dominant intelligences,' said Teele, who has been with UCR Extension since 1980.

Teele believes that the ideal classroom should encourage higher academic achievement through active interdisciplinary, relevant learning that teaches problem solving and promotes a higher level of understanding of the content being taught.

While in Turkey, Teele will present an intensive four-week version of UCR Extension's multiple intelligences certificate to educators studying at METU and will give lectures at elementary and secondary schools in Ankara. The program will provide an in-depth analysis of the intelligences, present multiple measures of assessment, explore curriculum development that integrates multiple intelligences methods, analyze how to design multiple intelligences schools, and discuss the change process in education.

'We need to teach students the basic skills, but also create within them a passion for learning and a thirst for knowledge,' Teele said.

The Fulbright Senior Specialist grant, established in 2001, provides U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. Awardees get a grant to cover travel and per diem, plus an honorarium.

Fulbright grants are given to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

The Fulbright Program was originally proposed in 1945 by then freshman senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who viewed the program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting 'mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.' His vision was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Harry S Truman in 1946.

For additional details, contact UCR Extension media relations representative Toni Lawrence at (909) 787-3806, Ext. 1633 or by email at

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