College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Kae Takaoka

  • Pronouns: she, her, hers

  • Doctoral Student, CIDE

Kae Takaoka

Areas of interest

  • International education
  • Comparative education
  • Teacher identity
  • Teacher empowerment
  • Competency education

MA, Comparative and International Development Education, University of Minnesota, 2004
BA, Spanish Linguistics, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, 2001


I am a public high school teacher in Japan with over 13 years of experience. I have also taught at a public high school in Washington State for a year as an exchange teacher from Japan. I am a founder of Teachers of Japan, an online platform for teachers to encounter diverse professional values, perspectives, and experiences. My research interest focuses on bringing diverse and critical perspectives of teachers to make innovations from the ground. I am interested in how international education and comparative education can contribute to empowering teacher's identities.