Toyota International Teacher Program Sends US Teachers to Japan!

40 Educational Ambassadors Participate in Study Tour



Jun 01, 2006, 01:00 ET from Toyota

    TORRANCE, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- 40 U.S. teachers, chosen as
 educational ambassadors through the Toyota International Teacher Program
 (TITP), will spend two rigorous weeks this June traveling through rural and
 urban Japan from Tokyo to northern Kyushu. Now in its 8th year, the program
 sends teachers on a study tour to learn about Japan's past and present,
 explore global issues and experience this significant culture firsthand.
 This unique experience has distinguished the TITP program as one of the
 preeminent teacher study-abroad programs in the country for American
 teachers.
     Since its inception, TITP has attracted interest from more than 4,000
 teachers who have submitted applications. This year, the delegation of
 teachers represent 10 US states -- Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
 Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee. They will
 bring their unique perspectives to those they meet in Japan and upon their
 return to the U.S. share insights from their Japan experience with their
 students.
     "In many ways, teachers are catalysts in the global community and are
 in a unique position to educate students on the world in which we live,"
 said Michael Rouse, corporate manager, philanthropy and community affairs,
 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. "We are proud to provide teachers with a
 first-hand experience that helps enhance their curriculum through
 international study."
     Funded through an annual $825,000 grant from Toyota Motor Sales,
 U.S.A., Inc., the program is the only one of its kind sponsored by a major
 U.S. corporation. To date, a total of 360 teachers from all over the U.S.
 have participated in the 8 year-old program. This year's trip to Japan will
 take place June 23 through July 5.
     The Institute of International Education (IIE) in Washington, D.C., the
 nation's most experienced non-profit educational exchange organization,
 administers the program. "The Toyota International Teacher Program provides
 teachers with experiences and tools they can use to enable their students
 to think and act on a cooperative and global basis," said IIE President and
 CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman.
     The study tour to Japan is the first of three professional development
 programs for teachers that Toyota will sponsor in the next year. The next
 study tour will be to the Galapagos Islands this October. The selection
 process for this program is currently underway, including applications from
 many bilingual educators. In March 2007, another international professional
 development opportunity will be offered in Costa Rica. TITP is proud that
 these three distinct study-abroad programs will enable U.S. teachers to
 enhance their curricula through meaningful interaction with a variety of
 people, cultures and environments.
     TITP in Japan focuses on four themes -- history, education,
 environment, and technology -- and how these affect industry and society.
 Program activities include visits to elementary, secondary and university
 level schools, factories, and sites of historical and environmental
 importance and will be highlighted by discussions with well-known authors,
 historians, educators and business leaders.
     The 40 educators traveling to Japan this summer teach a variety of
 subjects and were selected based on their professional and leadership
 qualifications, as well as their plans to incorporate their experiences and
 research into their curriculum. To be eligible teachers must be a U.S.
 citizen, employed full-time as a secondary classroom teacher (grades 9-12),
 and have a minimum of three years teaching experience.
     Japan TITP program alumni Daniel Bryant and Cindy Hasselbring, will
 return to Japan as "Traveling Alumni" to help mentor members of the new
 group, as well as extend their own previous TITP experience.
     TITP demonstrates the company's long-standing commitment to supporting
 education. In 2005, Toyota USA contributed nearly $41 million to U.S.
 philanthropic programs, with a majority of funding supporting education.
 Besides donating to a wide range of educational organizations, Toyota has
 created its own innovative programs, including grants for science teachers,
 scholarships for students, technical training and family literacy programs.
     Founded in 1957, TMS is the sales, marketing, distribution and customer
 service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States, marketing
 products and services through a network of 1,415 dealers in 49 states.
     About Toyota's Education Programs
     In addition to sponsoring a number of nonprofit educational
 organizations, Toyota offers three major programs that support teachers
 with grants and students with scholarships; Toyota TAPESTRY, the largest
 K-12 science teacher grant program of its kind in the U.S.; Toyota
 Community Scholars, which provides 100 scholarships to high school seniors
 based on academics and community service; and the Toyota International
 Teacher Program. Toyota also supports scholarships through the Hispanic
 Scholarship Fund; United Negro College Fund; Marine Corps Scholarship
 Foundation; National FFA; and the American Indian College Fund. For more
 information visit www.toyota.com/community or contact Kathy Mota at
 kathy_mota@toyota.com.
     About the Institute of International Education
     An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute
 is the world's most experienced global higher education and professional
 exchange organization. IIE designs and implements over 250 programs of
 study and training for students, educators, young professionals and
 trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources.
 IIE also conducts policy research and provides advice and counseling on
 international educational opportunities abroad. The Institute of
 International Education has a network of 15 offices worldwide, over 800
 college and university members, and more than 5,000 volunteers. Information
 about IIE can be obtained from IIE's website www.iie.org, or by contacting
 Nancy Overholt at noverholt@iie.org
     Media Contacts:    Kathy Mota, Toyota - (310) 468-6919
                        kathy_mota@toyota.com
 
                        Halie Schmidt, GolinHarris for Toyota -
                        (213) 438-8784
                        hschmidt@golinharris.com
 
 

SOURCE Toyota
    TORRANCE, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- 40 U.S. teachers, chosen as
 educational ambassadors through the Toyota International Teacher Program
 (TITP), will spend two rigorous weeks this June traveling through rural and
 urban Japan from Tokyo to northern Kyushu. Now in its 8th year, the program
 sends teachers on a study tour to learn about Japan's past and present,
 explore global issues and experience this significant culture firsthand.
 This unique experience has distinguished the TITP program as one of the
 preeminent teacher study-abroad programs in the country for American
 teachers.
     Since its inception, TITP has attracted interest from more than 4,000
 teachers who have submitted applications. This year, the delegation of
 teachers represent 10 US states -- Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
 Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee. They will
 bring their unique perspectives to those they meet in Japan and upon their
 return to the U.S. share insights from their Japan experience with their
 students.
     "In many ways, teachers are catalysts in the global community and are
 in a unique position to educate students on the world in which we live,"
 said Michael Rouse, corporate manager, philanthropy and community affairs,
 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. "We are proud to provide teachers with a
 first-hand experience that helps enhance their curriculum through
 international study."
     Funded through an annual $825,000 grant from Toyota Motor Sales,
 U.S.A., Inc., the program is the only one of its kind sponsored by a major
 U.S. corporation. To date, a total of 360 teachers from all over the U.S.
 have participated in the 8 year-old program. This year's trip to Japan will
 take place June 23 through July 5.
     The Institute of International Education (IIE) in Washington, D.C., the
 nation's most experienced non-profit educational exchange organization,
 administers the program. "The Toyota International Teacher Program provides
 teachers with experiences and tools they can use to enable their students
 to think and act on a cooperative and global basis," said IIE President and
 CEO Dr. Allan E. Goodman.
     The study tour to Japan is the first of three professional development
 programs for teachers that Toyota will sponsor in the next year. The next
 study tour will be to the Galapagos Islands this October. The selection
 process for this program is currently underway, including applications from
 many bilingual educators. In March 2007, another international professional
 development opportunity will be offered in Costa Rica. TITP is proud that
 these three distinct study-abroad programs will enable U.S. teachers to
 enhance their curricula through meaningful interaction with a variety of
 people, cultures and environments.
     TITP in Japan focuses on four themes -- history, education,
 environment, and technology -- and how these affect industry and society.
 Program activities include visits to elementary, secondary and university
 level schools, factories, and sites of historical and environmental
 importance and will be highlighted by discussions with well-known authors,
 historians, educators and business leaders.
     The 40 educators traveling to Japan this summer teach a variety of
 subjects and were selected based on their professional and leadership
 qualifications, as well as their plans to incorporate their experiences and
 research into their curriculum. To be eligible teachers must be a U.S.
 citizen, employed full-time as a secondary classroom teacher (grades 9-12),
 and have a minimum of three years teaching experience.
     Japan TITP program alumni Daniel Bryant and Cindy Hasselbring, will
 return to Japan as "Traveling Alumni" to help mentor members of the new
 group, as well as extend their own previous TITP experience.
     TITP demonstrates the company's long-standing commitment to supporting
 education. In 2005, Toyota USA contributed nearly $41 million to U.S.
 philanthropic programs, with a majority of funding supporting education.
 Besides donating to a wide range of educational organizations, Toyota has
 created its own innovative programs, including grants for science teachers,
 scholarships for students, technical training and family literacy programs.
     Founded in 1957, TMS is the sales, marketing, distribution and customer
 service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion in the United States, marketing
 products and services through a network of 1,415 dealers in 49 states.
     About Toyota's Education Programs
     In addition to sponsoring a number of nonprofit educational
 organizations, Toyota offers three major programs that support teachers
 with grants and students with scholarships; Toyota TAPESTRY, the largest
 K-12 science teacher grant program of its kind in the U.S.; Toyota
 Community Scholars, which provides 100 scholarships to high school seniors
 based on academics and community service; and the Toyota International
 Teacher Program. Toyota also supports scholarships through the Hispanic
 Scholarship Fund; United Negro College Fund; Marine Corps Scholarship
 Foundation; National FFA; and the American Indian College Fund. For more
 information visit www.toyota.com/community or contact Kathy Mota at
 kathy_mota@toyota.com.
     About the Institute of International Education
     An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, the Institute
 is the world's most experienced global higher education and professional
 exchange organization. IIE designs and implements over 250 programs of
 study and training for students, educators, young professionals and
 trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources.
 IIE also conducts policy research and provides advice and counseling on
 international educational opportunities abroad. The Institute of
 International Education has a network of 15 offices worldwide, over 800
 college and university members, and more than 5,000 volunteers. Information
 about IIE can be obtained from IIE's website www.iie.org, or by contacting
 Nancy Overholt at noverholt@iie.org
     Media Contacts:    Kathy Mota, Toyota - (310) 468-6919
                        kathy_mota@toyota.com
 
                        Halie Schmidt, GolinHarris for Toyota -
                        (213) 438-8784
                        hschmidt@golinharris.com
 
 SOURCE Toyota