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.
External Professional Opportunities
East-West Center: Offers a variety of events and workshops and programs, some specifically designed for K-12 classsrooms.
The Fulbright-Hays Summer Study Abroad Award for K-8 Educators: The program provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries.
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.
The Institute of International Education offers several kinds of programs and opportunities for educators includings grants, fellowships, study tours, and study abroad exchanges.
Japan in the Schools Program (Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania): a unique program that brings Japanese education into classrooms in Western PA.
The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) provides U.S. teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to Japan to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries.
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)
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) offers professional learning opportunities such as webinars, institutes, and conferences to social studies educators.
NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School Teachers and College and University Faculty offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs.
Reischauer Scholars Program: An online course for high school students on Japan and US-Japan relations sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).
The Sejong Korean Scholars Program (SKSP) is an online course for high school students sponsored by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE). The SKSP provides students with a broad overview of Korean history and culture.
Sino-American Bridge for Education and Health (SABEH): Conducts Teach in China programs in the summer.
Teaching East Asian Literature in High School Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington: IUB annually hosts a week-long workshop for K-12 English and world literature teachers who are interested in incorporating Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature into their curriculum. This course is specifically geared for NCTA teachers and is funded by the Freeman Foundation.