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J-OPP West: Japan-Online Professional Programs for Western Teachers

The Program for Teaching East Asia is in the third year of J-OPP West, a project to provide online professional development courses and resources for K-12 teachers. The project is a joint project with the University of Washington East Asia Resource Center (EARC) and targets the states of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, and Nebraska. Teachers from other states are welcome to take advantage of online course offerings. J-OPP West is funded by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

During the 2014-15 school year, J-OPP West is offering online courses in collaboration with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and coordinated with activites of the TEA and EARC outreach programs.

J-OPP State Resource Pages

 

Fall 2014

Cracking the Samurai Code. Separating Fact and Fiction in Teaching about the Samurai in Japanese History and Culture.

This three-module course draws on contemporary scholarship and primary sources to examine the myths that have developed about samurai and the historical reality behind these myths The course focuses on Samurai in the medieval and Tokugawa periods and on portrayals in popular culture today.  Dates: September 26-November 13, 2014. Click here for flyer and application information. Limit 20 teachers. Registration closes September 12 or when full.

-Cultural Encounters: Japan’s Diverse Past and Present.

Open to middle and high school teachers of world history nationwide, this 30-hour course examines episodes in Japan’s international and intercultural relations from the Nara period to the present, with special attention to Japanese approaches and responses to cross-border movement of peoples, ideas, and materials. Dates: September 11, 2014-December 11, 2014. Click here for flyer and application information. Limit 20 teachers. Registration closes September 4 or when full.