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Educator Recognition Programs

Fulbright Memorial Fund (FMF) Teacher Program

To:
Superintendents, Principals, Leaders of Charter Schools, and Teachers
From:
David P. Driscoll, Commissioner of Education
Date:
August 2003

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I am pleased to share information on the 2004 Fulbright Memorial Fund (FMF) Teacher Program, a valuable opportunity for cultural exchange and professional development. Since its initiation in 1997, the FMF program has provided a unique opportunity for United States primary and secondary school teachers and administrators to participate in a fully funded three-week study visit to Japan. Under the sponsorship of the Government of Japan, the FMF program has enabled approximately 4,100 educators to travel to Japan to study the Japanese culture and education system. This year, several hundred more American educators will be selected as FMF participants.

By exposing American teachers and administrators to the Japanese culture and education system, the FMF program inspires participants with fresh ideas for curriculum development. The FMF program is designed to extend far beyond the individual teachers and administrators who participate by asking participants to commit themselves to sharing what they have learned about Japan and intercultural encounters. Students, colleagues, schools, and communities all gain from the program.

The 2004 competition continues to offer an on-line application. By visiting the FMF/IIE website, applicants can view the entire 2004 application and apply on-line. Should you require more materials, or have any questions about the program, please call 1-888-527-2636 or email jfmf@iie.org.



Last Updated: August 20, 2003
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