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Japan-United States Teacher Exchange Program for ESD


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What is Japan-United States Teacher Exchange Program for ESD?

Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) is co-operating with the Fulbright Japan (Japan-U.S. Educational Commission) in its new program, Japan-United States Teacher Exchange Program for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) that started in 2009. This program is designed to introduce innovative Japanese and U.S. K-12 educators to each others' cultures 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. in areas of ESD focus.

15 July 2014

With the completion of the fifth iteration of the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), participating teachers from both countries return home to implement projects

Twenty-four U.S. teachers returned home July 1 after a fruitful 15-day stay in Japan. The visit included one-week host city programs in Kushiro City, Hokkaido prefecture, and Hashimoto City, Wakayama prefecture, where the American teachers deepened mutual understanding through homestays and exchanges with their Japanese counterparts and students and learned ”best practices” of ESD with a focus on environmental education and community-based activities.

They reconvened in Tokyo for the Second Joint Conference (June 27-29) with twenty-four Japanese teachers who had visited the U. S. this past spring. Within this network, the teachers collaborated to develop joint projects on various themes of ESD to be implemented in their home schools and communities. Six program alumni shared projects developed in previous years’ programs and advised current year participants on project planning.

On the final day of the conference, groups of Japanese and American teachers introduced more than ten joint projects, including a “Time Capsule” project, a book project entitled “Investigation of Beauty”, a project on “Food across Cultures”, a video project titled “Joining Hands”, and a project focused on environmental protection. The projects presented at the conference are expected to achieve fruition within the next six to twelve months, but it is also hoped that they will continue or expand in the years to come.

16 June 2014

U.S. teachers visit Japan

Twenty-four U.S. teachers participating in the 2014 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will visit Japan from June 17th to July 1st. During the program, they will visit Tokyo and a local city in Japan to learn about ESD in Japan through school visits and exchanges with students and teachers.

After an Orientation Program in Tokyo, where they will receive an introduction to the Japanese educational system and ESD, the U.S. teachers will be divided into two groups to visit Kushiro City, Hokkaido and Hashimoto City, Wakayama. They will visit schools, ESD related institutions, and cultural sites in the host cities to exchange ideas with local teachers, students, and residents, as well as to learn about ESD best practices. These exchanges and home stays with local citizens will further deepen the U.S. participants’ understanding of Japanese culture and education.

At the end of the visit, the U.S. teachers will reconvene in Tokyo with twenty-four Japanese colleagues to continue work begun in San Francisco in late April after the Japanese teachers concluded their reciprocal visits of U.S. schools in Miami, FL and Nashville, TN. During this three-day Second Joint Conference, the forty-eight Japanese and U. S. teachers will once again share best practices and collaborate to design joint projects related to ESD which they will implement in their home schools and communities after the program.

16 April 2014

24 Japanese Teachers visit U.S.

Twenty-four Japanese teachers selected by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan) for the 2014 program will travel to U.S. from 26 April to 10 May. After plenary meetings and school and ESD site visits in Washington D.C., they will be divided into two groups, each visiting Miami, FL and Nashville, TN respectively. The two groups will gather again in San Francisco, CA for a Joint Conference with the twenty-four U.S. teachers who will travel to Japan in late June. The forty-eight teachers are expected to demonstrate development of ESD curricula as a result of the program.

Teachers representing the following schools in Japan were selected to participate in the 2014 Program:

Hokkaido Sapporo Municipal Meien Elementary School
Iwate Iwate Prefectural Hanamakikita Senior High School
Gunma Gunma Kokusai Academy Junior & Senior High School
Saitama Saitama Prefectural Kumagaya Nishi High School
Chiba Kashiwa Municipal Kashiwa Second Junior High School
  Chiba Prefectural Kokubun High School
Tokyo Inagi Municipal Inagi Daini Elementary School
  Junior High School of Ochanomizu University
Ishikawa Kanazawa Municipal Izumi Junior High School
  The Affiliated Junior High School of Kanazawa University
Gifu Gifu Prefectural Nakatsu High School
Aichi Kinjo Gakuin Senior High School
Kyoto Kyoto Municipal Saiin Elementary School
Nara Nara Municipal Seibi Elementary School
Wakayama Hashimoto City Board of Education
Okayama Asahijuku Secondary School
Hiroshima Kumano Municipal Kumanohigashi Junior High School
Fukuoka Kitakyushu Municipal Akasaki Elementary School
  Kitakyushu Municipal Imamachi Elementary School
  Fukuoka Municipal Hakata Junior High School
  Fukuoka Municipal Motooka Junior High School
Saga Takeo Municipal Takeokita Junior High School
Nagasaki Kawatana Municipal Ogusi Elementary School
Oita Oita Prefectural Board of Education
29 November 2013

Japanese teachers' applications for the 2014 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD is now available

The applications for the 2014 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Japan are now available. Twenty-four selected Japanese teachers will attend a two week study visit to US in April-May, and 2 joint conferences in May and June. They are expected to deepen learning and contribute to ESD in Japan and U.S. through Japan-US joint projects.

The deadline is Tuesday, 14 January 2014.

Detailed description of the program is available at:
http://accu.or.jp/jp/ESDJapanUS/index.html (Japanese)

16 July 2013

With the completion of the fourth iteration of the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the teachers who participated from both countries are taking their next steps forward

The twenty-four U. S. teachers who visited Japan from June 19 in the ESD Exchange Program left Japan on July 2 after completing their fruitful two-week stay.

During their one-week host city program in either Ohda City, Shimane prefecture, or Minamata City, Kumamoto prefecture, they deepened mutual understanding through exchanges with their Japanese counterparts and students, and learned ”best practices” of ESD while focusing this year on environmental education and world heritage education.

They reconvened in Tokyo for the Second Joint Conference (June 28-30) where they met again with the 24 Japanese teachers who had visited the U. S. in spring this year. Utilizing the network established in the program, the participants discussed possibilities of Japan-US cooperation in ESD in small groups, as well as working on future action plans to take back home. Six program alumni assisted the participants to organize joint projects.

On the last day of the conference, groups consisting of teachers from both countries introduced their joint projects, including; a Japan-U.S. comparison of bento (lunch boxes); Correlation of energy consumption and happiness; Water quality reseach; Japan-U. S. picture book production, and Mosaic art. The projects presented at the conference will make some achievements in the next half-year to one-year, and it is also expected that joint projects will continue or expand in the years to come.

20 June 2013

24 U.S. teachers visit Japan

Twenty-four U. S. teachers arrived in Tokyo yesterday evening, June 19 2013. For the next 2 weeks, they will stay in Tokyo and one local city in Japan and learn ESD in Japan through school visits, exchanges with students and teachers.

After a brief introduction to Japanese educational system and ESD, they will be divided into 2 groups, each visiting Ohda City, Shimane Pref. or Minamata City, Kumamoto Pref. respectively. They will visit schools, NPOs and institutions implementing ESD focusing on environmental education, or world heritage education, and learn about ESD good practices, exchange ideas, etc. Exchanges with Japanese counterparts during school visits and home stays will further deepen their understanding on Japanese culture and education.

At the 3-day joint conference to take place at the end of their visit, they will meet again with twenty-four Japanese teachers who visited either Phoenix, Arizona, or Salt Lake City, Utah in late April. Altogether forty-eight Japanese and U. S. teachers are expected to plan sustainable Japan-U. S. joint projects on ESD at the conference.

19 April 2013

24 Japanese teachers visit US

Twenty-four Japanese teachers selected by Fulbright Japan for the 2013 program will travel to U.S. from 20 April till 3 May. After the plenary meetings and visits in Washington D.C., they will be divided into 2 groups, each visiting Phoenix, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT respectively. The 2 groups will gather again in San Francisco, CA for a joint meeting with twenty-four U.S. teachers who will travel to Japan in late June. Forty-eight teachers will be required to demonstrate development of ESD as a result of the program.

For the showcase of collaborative projects by projects participants, please visit
http://www.fulbright.jp/eng/esd/project.html

3 December 2012

Japanese teachers' applications for the 2013 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD is now available

The applications for the 2013 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is now available. Detailed program description and the application form for Japanese teachers were sent to the Superintendents of Board of Education in 47 prefectures and 19 ordinance-designated cities, the Governors of 47 prefectures, the Mayors of 19 ordinance-designated cities, the Presidents of 56 national universities with affiliated school and the presidents of 492 Associated Schools Project Network.

Forms are also available on this site. The deadline is 31st January 2013.

22 November 2012

Start accepting Japanese teachers' applications for the 2013 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD on Monday, 3rd December 2012

On Monday, 3rd December 2012, ACCU will start accepting the applications by Japanese teachers for the 2013 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Detailed program description and the application form for Japanese teachers can be downloaded in this site from 3rd December.

10 July 2012

With the completion of the third year of Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), teachers in both countries are taking steps forward

From 22 April to 4 May 2012, 24 Japanese teachers visited US. Through their two-week stay which included school-visits, lectures and discussions with US teachers, they learned ESD in US to earn hints for their own ESD plans. In the first Joint Conference in San Francisco, they shared information and views on ESD practices. Some teachers have already found partners for joint ESD practices.

From 20 June to 2 July 2012, 23 US teachers visited Japan. At the plenary meeting in Tokyo, they were introduced to recent school education in Japan and visited to 2 schools in Tokyo area. Then, they were divided into 2 groups and each visited Nara in Nara-Pref., and Hiroshima-Pref., some of the most active areas in ESD in Japan. Through visits to primary and secondary schools, universities, ESD related institutions and cultural sites in the host cities, they successfully shared experiences and expertise with their counterparts. Exchanges with Japanese people through home stay also helped them further understand Japan and its culture.

After the one-week group visits, they assembled again in Tokyo for the Joint Conference where they met again with the 24 Japanese teachers who had visited US in spring this year. 4 Japanese teachers who had visited US in last year’s program also attended the conference, sharing experiences and ideas. All the participants discussed possibilities of Japan-US cooperation in ESD, as well as future action plans to take back home. Besides the 4 alumni resource specialists, additional 5 alumni volunteered to assist participants, which greatly helped achieve success in the program.

25 April 2012

24 Japanese teachers visit US

Twenty-four Japanese teachers selected by Fulbright Japan for the 2012 program left for U.S. on 22 April. At the pre-departure orientation the participants of previous years made presentations on their experiences in promoting Japan-US teacher exchange and ESD practices utilizing the program. Their advice and comments further raised up enthusiasm of 2012 teachers. After the plenary meetings and visits in Washington D.C., they will be divided into 2 groups, each visiting Kansas City, MO and Seattle, WA respectively. The 2 groups will gather again in San Francisco, CA for a joint meeting with twenty-four U.S. teachers who will travel to Japan in late June. Forty-eight teachers will be required to demonstrate development of ESD as a result of the program. Japanese teachers travel to U.S. till 2 May and will be back in Japan on 4 May.

16 December 2011

Japanese teachers' applications for the 2012 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD is now available

The applications for the 2012 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is now available. Detailed program description and the application form for Japanese teachers were sent to the Superintendents of Board of Education in 47 prefectures and 19 ordinance-designated cities, the Governors of 47 prefectures, the Mayors of 19 ordinance-designated cities, the Presidents of 56 national universities with affiliated school and the presidents of 308 Associated Schools Project Network.

Forms are also available on this site. The deadline is 31st January 2012.

12 December 2011

Start accepting Japanese teachers' applications for the 2012 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD in mid- December 2011

In mid-December 2011, ACCU will start accepting the applications by Japanese teachers for the 2012 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Detailed program description and the application form for Japanese teachers can be downloaded in this site from mid-December.

23 August 2011

With the completion of the second year of Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), teachers in both countries are taking steps forward

From 23 April to 7 May 2011, 48 Japanese teachers visited US. Through their two-week stay which included school-visits, lectures and discussions with US teachers, they learned ESD in US to earn hints for their own ESD plans. In the first Joint Conference in San Francisco, they shared information and views on ESD practices. Special session on disaster education was held, and supports were handed to the teachers from Kesennuma where the US teachers visited last year in this program. By the second Joint Conference in Kobe, they reviewed their practices and made necessary revision in their own ESD plans.

From 22 June to 5 July 2011, 48 US teachers visited Japan. At the plenary meeting in Kobe, they were introduced to recent school education in Japan, and how schools and communities coped with the Great East Japan Earthquake. They were divided into 3 groups and each visited Kanazawa in Ishikawa-Pref., Soja in Okayama-Pref. and Nagasaki-Pref., some of the most active areas in ESD in Japan. Through visits to primary and secondary schools, universities, ESD related institutions and cultural sites in the host cities, they successfully shared experiences and expertise with their counterparts. Exchanges with Japanese people through home stay also helped them further understand Japan and its culture.

After the one-week group visits, they assembled again in Kobe for the Joint Conference where they met again with the 48 Japanese teachers who had visited US in spring this year. 8 Japanese teachers who had visited US in last year’s program also attended the conference, sharing experiences and ideas. All the participants discussed possibilities of Japan-US cooperation in ESD, as well as future action plans to take back home.

4 March 2011

Forty-eight Japanese teachers selected

Forty-eight Japanese teachers selected by Fulbright Japan for the 2011 program will travel to U.S. from 23 April till 7May. After the plenary meetings and visits in Washington D.C., they will be divided into 3 groups, each visiting Burlington, VT, Milwaukee, WI and Albuquerque, NM respectively. The 3 groups will gather again in San Francisco, CA for a joint meeting with forty-eight U.S. teachers who will travel to Japan in late June. 96 teachers will be required to demonstrate development of ESD as a result of the program.

30 November 2010

Changed the date to start accepting Japanese teachers' applications

The date to start accepting Japanese teachers’ applications for the 2011 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been changed from 1 to 3 December 2010.

19 November 2010

Start accepting Japanese teachers' applications for the 2011 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD on 1 December 2010

On 1 December 2010, ACCU will start accepting the applications by Japanese teachers for the 2011 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will start. Detailed program description and the application form for Japanese teachers can be downloaded in this site from 1 December 2010.

15 July 2010

48 U.S. teachers visited Japan

From 23 June to 6 July 2010, 48 U. S. teachers visited Japan.
At the plenary meeting in Tokyo, they were introduced to recent changes in Education in Japan, and then they were divided into 3 groups and each visited Tobetsucho in Hokkaido, Kesennuma City in Miyagi Pref. and Matsuyama City in Ehime Pref. some of the most active areas in ESD in Japan. Through visits to primary and secondary schools, universities, NPOs and ESD related institutions and sites in the host cities, they successfully shared experiences and expertise with their counterparts. Exchanges with Japanese people through homestay also helped them further understand Japan and its culture. After the one-week group visits, they assembled again in Tokyo for the Joint Conference where the Japanese educators who had visited US in spring this year also participated, and shared experiences and ideas for future action plans in ESD.

15 May 2010

Japanese Teachers visited U.S.

47 Japanese teachers who visited US returned to Japan.
Through their two-week stay which included school-visits, lectures and discussions with US teachers, NGOs, etc., they learned both differences and similarities in ESD in the two countries. They were able to earn hints for future network and challenges for the future.
The second phase of the program is US teachers visit to Japan in June-July 2010. At the end of the stay, the second Joint Conference will provide opportunity for the teachers to confirm and check their practices, and make necessary revision in their own ESD plans.

15 April 2010

Japanese Teachers preparing for their visit to U.S.

Forty-eight Japanese teachers selected for the 2010 program are preparing the study tour to U.S. starting from 24 April till 7May. After the plenary meetings and visits in Washington D.C., they will be divided into 3 groups, each visiting New Haven, CT, Minneapolis, MN and Portland, OR, respectively. The 3 groups will gather again in San Francisco, CA for a joint meeting with U.S. partivipants.

1 April 2010

U.S. Teachers to visit Japan

Forty-eight U.S. teachers will visit Japan from 23 June to 6 July 2010. After the plenary meetings and visits in Tokyo, they will be divided to 3 groups, and will visit Tobetsu-cho in Hokkaido, Kesennuma in Miyagi-Pref., and Matsuyama in Ehime-Pref., respectively. To conclude the program, they will gather again in Tokyo for the joint meeting with the Japanese counterparts participants to share their experiences and expertise.

19 March 2010

Application for Japanese teachers closed

The application for Japanese teachers for the 2010 program is now closed. The deadline was Tuesday, 16 March 2010.

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