Japan-US Teacher Exchange and Travel Opportunities for Educators!

Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative from the Institute of International Education (IIE), with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad in college by the end of the decade. Teachers play a key role by bringing the world into their classrooms, and for that reason, IIE is seeking 1,000 K-12 educators to take the Generation Study Abroad Pledge. By signing the pledge, you agree to build study abroad and global awareness among your students.

Please take a moment to complete the pledge, and share with your fellow teachers. Teachers who complete the pledge are eligible for free resources, networking invitations, and much more!


IIE/San Francisco and the IIE Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives hosted the third Fulbright Minds panel on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 to coincide with celebrating International Education Week. Fulbright Minds is a unique initiative sponsored by IIE’s Board of Trustees and comprised of a series of panels that showcases the knowledge, expertise, and ongoing research and activities of select Fulbright alumni. The discussion focused on building the pipeline of girls and women in STEM and was moderated by Natalie Villalobos, Head of Women TechMakers at Google.

Kelly Day, mathematics teacher at Westfield Washington Schools in Indiana, represented the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program on the panel. Afterwards, she expressed that she was "proud to be a voice for teachers in this very important discussion about how we can encourage more women in the STEM professions." In addition to Kelly, alumni from the Fulbright Student and Fulbright Scholar Programs and the Humphrey Fellowship Program participated as panelists.

Fulbright Minds Panel

For those of you looking for gifts during this holiday season, here are two recommendations from panel members that will introduce engineering to the young girls in your lives: Hello Ruby and I Can Be An Engineer.


Application deadline: January 20, 2016 | Program details and eligibility requirements

Fulbright Japan and IIE are pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will be available soon! The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD will provide 10 U.S. teachers and 10 Japanese teachers and administrators with a fully-funded opportunity to travel to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. 

If you would like to be notified when the application becomes available or have any questions about the program, please email esdteacher@iie.org

The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD is administered by Fulbright Japan and is funded by the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


Blogger Lillie of Teaching Traveling! recently interviewed Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program alumna, Kim Young, about her experiences traveling through various grants and scholarships. In the blog post, '24 Teacher Travel Opportunities for Free or Super Cheap,' Kim outlines the different travel opportunities available to teachers. Click here to check out this amazing list of resources!


Registration Open for five National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Online Courses and Book Groups from the Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado, Winter-Spring 2016.
Registration period: December 1, 2015 through January 4, 2016 or until each course is full.

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