Applications Available for Toyota Teacher Program

Posted: November 29, 2006
CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ High school teachers from across West Virginia are invited to apply for the Toyota International Teacher Program. Applications are now available to participate in the two-week study tour of Japan, which is open to secondary school classroom teachers nationwide.  

The fully funded two-week program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., provides participants an opportunity to learn first-hand about Japan’s history, education system, environment and industry. Forty educators will be selected to travel to Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and surrounding rural areas from June 22 to July 7, 2007.  

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for any high school teacher and I encourage teachers from around the state to apply for this learning experience,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “This is the type of global awareness that is essential to 21st Century Learning.”  

Since 1999, groups of American educators have journeyed annually to Japan to explore. They return with fresh ideas for sharing their experiences and international perspective with their students, colleagues and communities.  

The deadline for applications is Jan. 8, 2007. Interested educators can apply online at www.iie.org/toyota. Applications also may be requested through the Web by emailing toyotateach@iie.org or by calling the Institute of International Education at 1-877-TEACH-JP (877-832-2457).

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