The governors of Wisconsin and the Japanese prefecture of Chiba initiated a sister state partnership in 1990. This partnership includes the creation of opportunities for sister schools, teacher professional development, and teaching English at schools in Chiba.
Assistant Language Teacher Program (ALT) The Chiba Prefectural Board of Education hires Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) from Wisconsin to assist English teachers in Japan, teaching classes at the high school level. Wisconsin's ALTs serve a one-year contract renewable for up to three years (a maximum of five years may be possible), are paid a salary in yen equivalent to about $30,000 annually, and receive substantial benefits and training.
Application forms and a more detailed program description are available here:
- Completed applications must be postmarked by December 15, 2017.
- All applicants will be notified by Chiba Prefecture during the second week of January. Accepted candidates will be admitted to personal interviews at the Department of Public Instruction.
- Interviews will be scheduled for February 15 and 16, 2018, at the DPI offices in Madison. Interviews via Skype will be made available on both days for candidates who cannot travel to Madison.
- All candidates will be informed by Chiba Prefecture during the third week of March 2018 regarding their selection status.