Special Exchange Project

The Japan-U.S. Educational Commission has a long history of implementing programs for primary and secondary school educators to deepen mutual understanding.

Japan-U.S. ICT Teacher Exchange Program (2019- )

The Japan-U.S. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher Exchange Program is a succeeding program of the Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and is jointly funded by the U.S. Embassy Japan and the Japanese Government’s Ministry of Education, Sports, Science, Culture and Technology (MEXT). The Institute of International Education (IIE) is an implementation partner of this program. This program provides the opportunity for U.S. grades 7-12 teachers (junior high and high school teachers for Japanese teachers) who is interested in or have been implementing ICT in the classroom teaching to participate in a conference in August 2019. The program is open to teachers from all disciplines, as long as applicants can demonstrate the ability to apply the theme, “Space and Earth - utilizing ICT in the classroom,” to their own subject. Through discussion, the teachers will expand their perspectives, enrich the content of their classes, and foster better understanding of each other’s countries.

Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD (2009-2018)

The bi-nationally funded program aims to raise awareness of ESD-oriented school programs, enhance ESD-related curricula in both countries, and deepen a sense of global interconnectedness between teachers in Japan and the United States. Through reciprocal two-week study visits of the U.S. and Japan and the two joint conferences, the participants will have the opportunity to build partnerships and they are expected to develop curriculum on the theme of Education for Sustainable Development.

The main theme of the program is Environmental Education, incorporating as appropriate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 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.