External Professional Opportunities

Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award: The Elgin Heinz Teacher Award recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language, and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. It is named in honor of Elgin Heinz for his commitment to educating students about Asia as well as for the inspiration he has provided to the field of pre-college education. 

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO)

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) : GEEO is a nonprofit organization that helps teachers travel to further enrich their classrooms.  GEEO’s trips are 7 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.

Keizai Koho Center Teacher Fellowship

The Keizai Koho Center offers a study tour for US and Canadian educators who are interested in Japan and teach in the areas of social studies, geography, history, or economics. The study tour includes visits to Japanese schools, meetings with scholars and experts, visits to major Japanese companies, and cultural events. The Keizai Koho Center provides round trip air transportation, hotel accomodations, ground transportation, and meals associated with the the ten day program. 
To be eligible to participate in the Keizai Koho Center (KKC) study tour, applicants must:

  • Have skills and experience in developing curriculum and a strong interest in Japan
  • Have never lived in Japan nor visited Japan on a similar study tour
  • Be middle or high school classroom teachers of Economics, Social Studies, Geography, or History (grades 6-12)