Olympic Friendships: Elementary Education for Global Competency in Japan and the United States is a two-year project (August 2017 – August 2019) of teacher professional development and Japan-U.S. school partnerships funded by the Japan Foundation, Center for Global Partnership.

This new project will develop partnerships between Tokyo elementary schools studying about the United States and classrooms in the United States that have a unit of study about Japan. Across the two years, 10 U.S. classrooms and five Tokyo schools will engage in partner-school virtual and material exchange activities and face-to-face collaboration at the Japanese schools during a nine-day seminar in Tokyo in summer 2018. The project will support the 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Games “Global Friendship Project” education initiative.

Beginning in September, 2017, TEA will accept applications from U.S. elementary educators and their schools who wish to establish and sustain a sister-school relationship with an elementary school in Tokyo. Through partner-school exchange activities and professional development programming, participating U.S. educators will lead their school communities in enhancing their current units of study about Japan and developing students’ global skills, knowledge, and dispositions. In addition to coordinating the exchange activities described above, participating U.S. educators will take part in an introductory webinar in fall 2017; an online orientation course in spring 2018; travel to Tokyo in summer 2018; and preparation of teaching resources (2018-19 school year). Information and Application Packet.  For more information contact, Catherine Ishida at ishida@colorado.edu.