Teacher Exchange Program
The application for the 2017 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 12 U.S. teachers and 12 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.”
Applications are due Friday, January 13, 2017 and awards will be announced in mid-March. For program details and eligibility requirements, please visit IIE.org/Programs/ESD. If you would like to be notified when the application becomes available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the Institute of International Education at 888-527-2636 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 Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Share Your Story
How are you encouraging your students to be globally-engaged? Share your story and inspire other teachers! There are many ways to share your story—through video, photos, and written essays—and grow the Generation Study Abroad conversation. Share your video or photos on educator websites, such as TigEd or Edmodo, if you are member. Tag your story on social media with #generationstudyabroad. See IIE's International Education Week 2014 video for tips. Submit a story to IIE by completing this online form.
Thank you for supporting Generation Study Abroad!
There are many resources available to help teachers bring the world to their classroom and get their students to begin to explore going abroad themselves. We hope that the links and resources below serve as a starting point. Please use them in your classroom and share them with students, parents, and teachers in your school and communities.
- Generation Study Abroad Materials
- Internationalize Classrooms
- Study Abroad Stories
- Professional Development
- Local Global Connections
- Webinar Series
Generation Study Abroad Materials
Resources available to use to create awareness in and out of the classroom:
Check out the valuable tools available by Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners to help internationalize the classroom:
How global is your community? The Asia Society's interactive project Mapping the Nation, makes the case for a globally competent workforce and citizenry.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. Check out their bookstore for great ideas and resources for your classroom as well as their Lead with Languages campaign.
Reach the World cultivates relationships between young students and volunteer world travelers through an innovative program of online journalism and face-to-face interactions. RTW provides direct programming to school, afterschool and summer school sites in New York City, and online programming to sites nationwide.
- National Geographic Teaching Resources
- National Geographic Mapping Resources for Educators and Students
- Geo-Educator Gooru Resource Library
- Learn more about other Commitment Partners
Study Abroad Stories
Share first-hand testimonials of study abroad alumni with your school:
- IIE's Generation Study Abroad Video
- Benjamin A. Gilman Alumni Stories
- Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors
- Boren Awards Student Profiles
Professional development opportunities for teachers to have an international experience:
- Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program
- GEEO Teacher Travel Programs
- Global Glimpse
- Hilton Worldwide Teacher Treks Program
- One World Now!
- Teachers for Global Classrooms Program
- Toyota STEAM
Local Global Connections
Take your class on a trip to a local international organization, host an exchange student, or take a group of kids abroad:
- EF Tours
- Greenheart Travel
- Global Nomads Group delivers interactive education programs for students about global issues;
- iEARN is a project-based site that encourages teachers and students to take part in international collaborations, as well as offers professional development courses for teachers and administrators on how to integrate global collaboration projects into the curriculum;
- Model UN
- Sister-to-Sister International
How to Find K–12 Partners Abroad
What are some ways to develop international partners for your classroom? Please join us on April 14, 7 pm EDT, for a live discussion and webinar on developing partners that can lead to cross-cultural projects within your classroom and international travel beyond the classroom. Offered in partnership with Asia Society, we will provide tips for getting started as well as what to look for in a partnership in order to best fit your classroom and student needs.