Announcing the launch of the 2018 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) application for K-12 teachers and administrators!
If you are a full-time K-12 teacher or administrator committed to education for sustainable development (ESD) and with an interest in international exchange, you may be eligible to participate in the 2018 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD, a unique, short-term professional development opportunity that will have long-term impact on you, your students, and your community!
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. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines ESD as “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources.” The main theme of the program is Environmental Education, incorporating as appropriate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) –http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/) such as sustainable cities and communities, as well as leveraging Japan’s increased focus on international education and exchange in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
 
Applications deadline: January 12, 2018
For program details and eligibility requirements, please visit http://www.iie.org/Programs/ESD. Please contact the Institute of International Education at esdteacher@iie.org with any questions about the program or application.
The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD is administered by Fulbright Japan and jointly funded by the governments of Japan and the U.S. This  program is designed to introduce innovative Japanese and U.S. K-12 educators’ culture and education systems, and to enhance ESD-related curricula in both countries.  The program aims to raise awareness of ESD-oriented school programs and deepen a sense of global interconnectedness between teachers in Japan and the U.S.