In November Kristina Sullivan will depart for Tokyo to participate in
the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program. Sullivan, a
Pioneer Middle School teacher, was selected from a national pool of
more than 2,500 applicants by a panel of educators to earn this honor.
This program allows distinguished primary and secondary school
educators in the U.S. to travel to Japan for three weeks in an effort
to promote greater intercultural understanding between the two nations.
Sullivan will be among 200 educators visiting Japan in November. The visit will begin with a practical orientation about Japanese life and culture and meetings with Japanese government officials and educators. The teachers will then travel in groups of 20 to selected host families where they will have direct contact with teachers and students during visits to primary and secondary schools, as well as a teacher’s college. In addition to a brief homestay with a Japanese family, the educators will visit cultural sites and local industries.
The Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund, based in Tokyo, oversees all aspects of the Teacher Program. The program is sponsored by the Japanese government and was launched in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. government Fulbright Program. The U.S., program has enabled more than 6,000 Japanese citizens to study in the U.S. on Fulbright fellowships for graduate education and research.
The Institute of International Education acts as the agency for the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund to coordinate the recruitment and pre-departure activities of the Teacher Program in the United States.
A total of 600 U.S. educators will visit Japan during 2005. To date, more than 4,600 primary and secondary educators have visited Japan through this teacher program. Teachers share what they have learned about Japan with their students and communities through a variety of outreach projects.
The application deadline for all 2006 trips is Dec. 10, 2005. For more information about next year’s program visit the website or contact 1-888-572-2636.
– By Nancy Covert