In October 2008 I was selected from a national pool of 1,700 educators to participate in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund (JFMF) Teacher Program.  The JFMF Teacher Program was sponsored by and fully funded by the Japanese Government to commemorate the US Fulbright Program.  I traveled to Japan for three weeks along with educators from each of the 50 States in an effort to promote greater intercultural understanding between the two nations.