Wednesday, August 17, 2005

A Bit More About the Experience....

The following is from the press release about my trip. It adds a little bit more insight into what I am doing and the purpose of the trip....

I will depart for Tokyo as a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher program. I was selected from a national pool of over 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.

I will begin my visit in Tokyo with a practical orientation on Japanese life and culture and meetings with Japanese government officials and educators. I will then travel in a group of twenty to a selected host city (Katsuyama, Fukui) outside of Tokyo where I will have direct contact with Japanese teachers and students during visits to primary and secondary schools as well as teachers college. I will also visit cultural sites and local industries in addition to a brief home stay with a Japanese family.

The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, based in Tokyo, oversees all aspects of the teacher program. The program is sponsored by the Government of Japan and was launched in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. government Fulbright Program, which has enabled more then 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-departing activities of the Teacher Program in the United States.

Upon return, program participants share what they have learned about Japan with their students and communities through a variety of outreach projects.

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