2010 Educators' Study Tour to Japan

10 educators participated in 2010 Educators Study Tour to Japan.

Tamara Acoba
US History, Government & Politics The Young Women's Leadership School (NY)

Gloria Adams

Visual Arts, Reading City College Academy of the Arts (NY)

Lisa Guttman

Visual Arts, Reading City College Academy of the Arts (NY)

David F. Jacob

Assistant Principal Clarkstown High School North (NY)

Christopher Kollarus

Global History, Geography Somers High School (NY)

Thomas M. Murphy

World, US, European History Marist High School (NJ)

Torianna Murray

Assistant Principal East New York High School of Transit Technology (NY)

Judi O'Brien

History The Berkeley Carroll School (NY)

John Rearick

English Literature & Writing Poly Prep Country Day School (NY)

Camille Jean

Tedeschi World History, Women's Studies Huntington High School (NY)

Comments from 2010 Educators Study Tour Participants
“I had a wonderful experience in Japan and am grateful for the opportunity that I was given. The study tour is will enhance my teaching and my personal growth as an educator.”

“Experiencing first hand specific Japanese customs and rituals deeply impacted my perspective of Japan. Meeting and getting to know so many people in Japan has allowed me to understand ways in which the Japanese people use and respect tradition while living modern lives.”

“Visiting schools in session to get a feel for classroom management and etiquette, having lunch with the students, observing the “rest period” where students cleaned the campus, and student-led after school activities were all very interesting.”

“I think that the two home stays were very important to the study tour teachers because we were able to personally connect with the individuals we stayed with on many levels. I think that it taught us a lot about Japanese culture and the two contrasting families that we came to know made the experience even richer. I also think that our time in Hiroshima made a huge impact on the group. I feel very privileged to have met and heard Mr. Tsugio Ito’s story.”

About 2010 Educators' Study Tour of Japan
The Educators' Study Tour to Japan offers educators the opportunity to travel to Japan for three weeks to experience Japan first hand and bring their experiences back to the classroom. The program is open to middle and high school educators, librarians and school administrators (Principals and Assistant Principals only), and includes a study tour to Japan in June-July, and orientation during the spring prior to departure for the cost of $1,000.

Of key importance in the application process is the clear demonstration of a firm commitment by the participants and their school administration to foster and sustain education on Japan in their school.

8 full-time classroom teachers who teach about Japan as an area of instruction and 2 school administrators were selected for the program through a competitive process. Priority was given to interdisciplinary teams of two educators from the same school.

The study tour acquainted the participants with Japanese society through a wide range of site visits in Tokyo, Aichi, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima and Wakayama. A homestay with a family and school visits in Obu-city in Aichi were significant parts of the program. An additional homestay with farmers in Arida-City in Wakayama offered the participants a first-hand opportunity to be familiar with Japan’s agricultural family lifestyle. The tour focused on K-12 school visits in Obu-city to help participants have a better understanding of Japan's education system by meeting their counterparts in Japanese schools. During a visit to Hiroshima, educators had the opportunity to meet a Hiroshima A-Bomb survivor. Mr. Tsugio Ito, who lost two family members in two world tragedies – he lost his older brother in the Hiroshima bombing in 1945 and his son at World Trade Center, NY, during the 9.11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Preparation, Orientation & Follow-up
A multi-part orientation during the spring consisting of: an introductory meeting and dinner; five days of intensive academic training; four days of language training; and a final one-day discussion session about travel arrangements. Academic training included a 30-hour professional development course on Japanese history, and a 2 week-end crash course on basic Japanese language classes.

Participants attended all required orientation sessions at Japan Society and submitted a written teaching unit based on their experiences in Japan.

For information about the 2011 Educators Study Tour to Japan, click here.

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