WATJ Presidents 2016 and 2017

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At this year’s WATJ New Year meeting, Kei Tsukamaki Sensei took up the mantle of WATJ Presidential Responsibility from 2016’s president Toby Dederick. トビ先生、お疲れ様でした!圭先生、宜しくお願いします!

WATJ conference

Dear WATJ members,

 

Happy New Year! I hope that teaching Japanese will be fun and enjoyable as well as meaningful to you this year!

 

In order to assist you with your teaching success this year, the WATJ conference will be held on Feb 11th, starting at 9:00am-4:00pm. Hopefully, this event will be a great help and we will get to share some wonderful teaching ideas with a keynote speaker and with each other through afternoon sessions.

 

This year’s key note speaker is Dr. Chinen Kiyomi sensei from California State University, Long Beach. She will present “Differentiated Instruction: Flexible and responsive instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners”

 

We also have six afternoon sessions:

-Dr. Chinen Kiyomi sensei, Constructing Motivation Questionnaire

-Ikuyo Suzuki sensei, Geography 101??: Learning Katakana

-Chikako Misuner sensei, 2016 WAFLT/COFLT Reports: Movie Talk Considerations on using short clips for comprehensible input

-Mayu Miyamoto sensei and Taku Okamoto sensei, Re-evaluating classroom assessments — How can we make assessments meaningful?

-Masa Takaba sensei, Effective conversation practice – without written language

-Jessica Lee sensei, Nearpodize your Lesson

 

Kisaku bento with homemade Omisoshiru are included in the registration fee. (New teacher fee is only $15).

Door prizes will consist of airplane tickets and gift cards!

The registration form is attached to this email. In addition, paper copies of the conference registration form will be available at the Oshogatsu meeting on Jan 14th. Please note the early bird deadline is Friday, January 27 to guarantee a bento lunch!

Thank you very much!

WATJ conference chairs,

Kayoko and Raeanna

2017 WATJ Annual Conference

Dear WATJ members,

Happy New Year! I hope that teaching Japanese will be fun and enjoyable as well as meaningful to you this year!

In order to assist you with your teaching success this year, the WATJ conference will be held on Feb 11th, starting at 9:00am-4:00pm. Hopefully, this event will be a great help and we will get to share some wonderful teaching ideas with a keynote speaker and with each other through afternoon sessions.

This year’s key note speaker is Dr. Chinen Kiyomi sensei from California State University, Long Beach. She will present “Differentiated Instruction: Flexible and responsive instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners”

We also have six afternoon sessions:

-Dr. Chinen Kiyomi sensei, Constructing Motivation Questionnaire
-Ikuyo Suzuki sensei, Geography 101??: Learning Katakana
-Chikako Misuner sensei, 2016 WAFLT/COFLT Reports: Movie Talk Considerations on using short clips for comprehensible input
-Mayu Miyamoto sensei and Taku Okamoto sensei, Re-evaluating classroom assessments — How can we make assessments meaningful?
-Masa Takaba sensei, Effective conversation practice – without written language
-Jessica Lee sensei, Nearpodize your Lesson

Kisaku bento with homemade Omisoshiru are included in the registration fee. (New teacher fee is only $15).

Door prizes will consist of airplane tickets and gift cards!

The registration form is attached to this email. In addition, paper copies of the conference registration form will be available at the Oshogatsu meeting on Jan 14th. Please note the early bird deadline is Friday, January 27 to guarantee a bento lunch!

Thank you very much!

WATJ conference chairs,

Kayoko and Raeanna

 

Registration form: watj-conference-flyer-2017

Oshogatsu General Meeting and Workshop

皆さま、

明けましておめでとうございます!今年も、どうぞよろしくお願い致します。
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. I am very excited to continue working with you all through WATJ as your WATJ President for 2017. Thank you so much for all your hard work!
Our Oshogatsu General Meeting and Workshop will be on Saturday, January 14 at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline beginning at 8:30 am.
We will begin at 8:30 with coffee, tea, snacks, and socializing, followed by our general meeting. We will also have a two-hour workshop “Develop Youth Leaders in Class: Effective Democratic Teaching Practices” presented by Kimberly Corrigan and Noah Zeichner of the organization Global Visionaries.
At noon, we will have our traditional Oshogatsu potluck, so please bring your favorite dish to share!
Also, please be sure you have renewed your WATJ membership through the AATJ.org website! Be sure to choose “Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese” as your “local affiliate”. This will ensure that WATJ receives the proper membership contact information AND our portion of your AATJ dues.
Please email a copy of your receipt to Membership Chair Emily-sensei at emgall@yahoo.com or bring a copy of your receipt to the January meeting so you can receive your 2017 membership card. Remember that your membership includes many benefits, including membership to the WATJ Google Groups, participation in Immersion Camps and Speech and Skit Contest, and discounts at Kinokuniya.
See you all on January 14th!
-Kei Tsukamaki

J-LEAP 2017 APPLICATION AVAILABLE HERE. DEADLINE: January 10, 2017.

WATJ, 
 
A message from the Japan Foundation: 
“I have been very lucky, since August of this year, to have the assistance of a full-time, native-speaking Japanese Assistant Teacher in my classroom. The miraculous thing is that this wonderful Assistant Teacher is here at no cost to our school! Since coming to Silver Creek my Assistant Teacher, Natsumi Uejo, has worked tirelessly to increase student engagement and involvement in Japanese classes.”
-Nick Sturtevant, Silver Creek High School (CA)
 
J-LEAP 2017 APPLICATION AVAILABLE HERE. DEADLINE: January 10, 2017.
 
この度平成23年度より開始いたしました、国際交流基金のプログラム「米国若手日本語教員派遣事業(J-LEAP)」に関し、平成29年度の受入機関の公募を開始しましたので連絡いたします。
本事業は、日本語のAssistant TeacherAT)を米国内のK-12教育機関に最長2年間派遣する事業です。事業概要は基金ウェブサイトをご覧ください。
 
応募締め切りは2017110日(火)です。
 
どうぞよろしくお願い申し上げます。
 
国際交流基金ロサンゼルス日本文化センター
別所
 
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Ayako Bessho (Ms.) 別所綾子
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: 323-761-7510 (Ext:105)
Fax: 323-761-7517
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2017 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

 

The United States-Japan Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award competition.

Know an amazing educator who has dedicated his or her life to educating young Americans about Japan? Nominate this teacher today!! See details below or click here.

 

2017 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award

The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language, and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. It is named in honor of Elgin Heinz for his commitment to educating students about Asia as well as for the inspiration he has provided to the field of pre-college education.

Elgin Heinz

image003.jpegA pioneer in educating American students about Asia, Elgin Heinz served throughout his life as a consultant on the development of materials and methods for teaching about this region of the world. Born in China in 1913, Heinz attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with degrees in philosophy and public speaking and eventually earning a graduate degree in history from San Francisco State University. He spent forty years teaching in San Francisco’s Public Schools, at first teaching literature, and later, geography and history. During his tenure as a teacher, Heinz became nationally known for his efforts in assisting students and teachers to learn more about Japan and Asia broadly.

In addition to classroom teaching, Heinz was active in a number of organizations, including the Association for Asian Studies, the Asia Society, the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He served as the Japan Society’s Education Director in 1960. Heinz has authored and edited numerous publications on teaching about Asia, including two widely used curriculum guides, Opening Doors and Stepping Stones.

Heinz has been the recipient of many awards including the National Council for Geographic Education’s California Teacher of the Year and, in 1997, the World Affairs Council of Northern California’s Castile Award. Perhaps the award that most epitomizes his groundbreaking work in K-12 Asian Studies was the Association for Asian Studies Committee on Teaching About Asia’s 1987 recognition of Elgin Heinz for “Fifty Years of Innovative Teaching About Asia.”*

(*Biographical information regarding Elgin Heinz and photograph were taken from the Fall 2000 issue of Education About Asia and were reprinted with permission from the Association for Asian Studies.)

Eligibility Requirements

The award is open to current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States. There are two award categories, one in the humanities and one in Japanese language.


Previous award recipients often have over 10 years of teaching experience and have been engaged in teaching their students about Japan for a substantial period of time.  Candidates must demonstrate sustained commitment to improving mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese, and must have made a significant contribution to enhancing students’ knowledge of Japan.

Applicants for the Japanese language category must have excellent command of the Japanese language and may be contacted by members of the selection committee to verify this.

Nomination Procedures

Applicants for the Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award need not be nominated to apply. However, the Foundation is always seeking to encourage the nation’s top educators to consider applying for the award. Therefore, we welcome nominations of individuals qualified to apply for the Award.

Letters of Nomination should briefly highlight the qualifications of the candidate and must include his/her name, contact information, and indicate the school at which the candiate currently teaches.

The Foundation will accept Letters of Nomination at any time and will inform candidates that they have been nominated for the Award. Those nominated must submit a full application as indicated below.

Nominators should keep in mind the deadline for applications is in early February. Therefore, it is recommended that nominations be submitted by early December in order to provide potential candidates the time needed to compile their applications.

Letters of Nomination should be sent to: 

Mr. David Janes, Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President
The United States-Japan Foundation
145 E. 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016

or via e-mail at djanes@us-jf.org

 

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following documents by February 1, 2017 to be considered (please note that all materials must be submitted in hard copy to the Foundation – electronic documents will no longer be accepted):

1. Cover Sheet that includes the following information:

A) Full name and home address

B) School name and address

C) E-mail and telephone contact information

D) The award category for which you are applying: Japanese Language or Humanities

E) The subjects and grades you currently teach

F) A list of Japan-related programs in which you have participated

G) Names and contact information for those submitting letters of reference

2. A narrative (not to exceed three (3) pages typed, double spaced) describing your efforts to further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese through your classroom teaching. Applicants should also highlight leadership positions held and detail how they have impacted other educators locally and/or nationally.

3. A two-page project proposal describing how you would use the award’s $5,000 project funds to enhance understanding of Japan at your school or in your school district (project funds are typically awarded to the awardees’ school and, since these funds are awarded as a grant, the Foundation reserves the right to amend this portion of the application). For example, such funds could be used to purchase curriculum material on Japan, for field trips to Japan-related organizations, to bring in guest speakers on Japan, for Japanese software, etc.

4. Three letters of support from individuals or organizations familiar with you and your teaching on Japan. A letter from a student explaining how your efforts affected his/her perceptions and understanding of Japan is permissible as a letter of support. One letter must come from the school’s principal or vice principal and must express support for your project proposal in addition to supporting your candidacy for the award. Support letters can be sent under separate cover or included with all application materials.

5. A professional resume

The application should be submitted in hard copy to:

Mr. David P. Janes
Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President
United States-Japan Foundation
145 E 32nd Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY  10016
Tel: (212) 481-8757

 

Deadline for 2017

Complete applications must be received by the Foundation on or prior to February 1, 2017 to be considered for the 2017 award.

Review and Selection

A national selection committee will review complete applications received by or on February 1, 2017. The selection committee consists of leaders in the field of education about Japan. The award winners will be announced in May.

Additional Information

Please check the Foundation’s website at:  http://us-jf.org/programs/elgin-heinz-teacher-awards/
for additional information.

Oshoogastu Workshop looks dashing! Jan 14th at Shorecrest HS

TITLE:

Develop Youth Leaders in Class!

Effective Democratic Teaching Practices

 

PRESENTERS:

 

Kimberly Corrigan

Global Visionaries

EarthCharterInAction.org

 

Noah Zeichner

Chief Sealth International High School

Global Visionaries Advisor

 

AGENDA

  1. Greetings
  2. Expectations
  3. Philosophical and Psychological Foundations of Behaviour (Western, Eastern, men, women)
  4. Think-Pair-Share: The Firm & Kind Compass
  5. 4 strategies: Agreements, Community, Class Meetings and Class Jobs (For each we have discussions and activities)
  6. Final section examines how to integratedemocratic strategies with the 4 Cs.

Are you and your colleagues looking for proven methods to increase student engagement, responsibility, and collaboration in your language classroom? Our session, “Develop Youth Leaders in Class:  Effective Democratic Teaching Practices” will explore 4 pedagogical strategies through hands-on activities and role-play, and examine their connections with ACTFL’s 5 C’s and the 4 C’s of p21.org. (Noah Zeichner, Chief Sealth International High School, Global Visionaries Senior Advisor, Kimberly Corrigan, Global Visionaries, EarthCharterInAction.org)

WATJ Conference

Dear WATJ,

Our annual WATJ Conference will be held on February 11 at Bothell High School.
Co-chairs, Kayoko Sensei and Raeanna Sensei, are working very hard to arrange an awesome conference.
They are in need of two more workshops. Could you please contact Kayoko Sensei and Raeanna Sensei if you are interested in presenting a workshop, or if you know of someone who would like to present?
Thanks very much!

Toby Dederick

Japanese & ELL Teacher, WATJ President
Kellogg Middle School, Shoreline, WA
1-206-393-1926

The TELL Collab in Seattle at the UW

Hi, everyone!

 

The TELL Collab in Seattle at the UW has been shifted from Fri-Sat Jan 20-21 to Sat-Sun Jan 21-22 because we knew it would be difficult for a lot of teachers to get subs on Friday and we did not want anyone to be cut out of the chance to participate. We’ll be in a large meeting room and breakout rooms in newly remodeled Denny Hall!

 

The WAFLT organizing team includes Bridget, Lynn and Catherine (who attended TELL Collab this summer so they could scout it out for WAFLT) and me, plus our UW STARTALK and Title VI Center partners.

 

The website now has the correct dates and the registration form is LIVE:

http://www.tellcollabseattle.org/
The cost is $99 + $6.44 processing fee for advanced registrations. At the door it will be $129 + $8.09.

 

What to expect? Check out the TELL Collab video on the web page:

http://www.tellcollabseattle.org/

WAFLT is providing free clock hours, and we are getting sponsors for morning refreshments and lunches. There will be an optional evening activity on Saturday night because we’re expecting some out-of-town participants.

 

This is a unique opportunity for teachers. Not only will you have access to two of the strongest leaders in K-12 World Language education in the country from the TELL Project, Thomas Sauer and Alyssa Villarreal, but you’ll have their expert facilitation to help us get the most out of our own local expertise. In other words, it’s not just new information about language teaching and learning, it’s a new personal experience in learning. WE EDUCATORS need to continually refresh ourselves so that we feel inspired and ready to inspire our students.
So, please register and come and help spread the word among your colleagues.

 

I’ve attached a preliminary flyer.
Thanks,

Michele

 

Michele Anciaux Aoki, Ph.D., P.M.P.

International Education Administrator

Seattle Public Schools

(206) 252-0191 | Cell (206) 234-4029

maaoki@seattleschools.org

 

International Christian University (ICU)located in Mitaka, Tokyo seeks instructors for the Summer Courses in Japanese.

Dear sensei‐gata,

 

International Christian University (ICU)located in Mitaka, Tokyo seeks instructors for the Summer Courses in Japanese.

 

ICU Summer Course has over 50 years of history and have been welcoming instructors from overseas every year.

Please visit the website below for more details.

The deadline for application is 31 January 2017.

 

http://www.icu.ac.jp/news/position.html

 

I look forward to hearing from many of you.

 

Prof Kazumi Tanaka

Director, Japanese Language Programs

Director, Summer Courses in Japanese

 

先生方、

 

東京三鷹市にある国際基督教大学(ICU) では50年以上の歴史を誇る夏期日本語教育を行っています。

7月上旬から8月中旬までの6週間の集中日本語教育で、毎年多くの講師の方々を海外からお迎えしています。下記ウェブサイトより来年度の募集を開始しました。

 

http://www.icu.ac.jp/news/position.html

 

 

多くの皆様からの応募をお待ちしています。

何か質問等ありましたら、いつでもご連絡ください。

 

よろしくお願いします。

 

 

田中和美

国際基督教大学 教授

日本語教育プログラム ディレクター

サマーコース ディレクター

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