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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

 

Winter-Spring 2015

>Book Group: Memory and Art: Books by Allen Say and Ed Young Look Back at Childhoods in Asia. January 26-March 15, 2015. Registration opens December 1, 2014.

This online book group for intermediate and middle school educators offers a guided discussion of the 2011 memoirs for two beloved children's book author-artists.The memoirs offer rich resources for helping students explore Japanese and Chinese history and culture while addressing Common Core Standards. Flyer with full details and registration information is available here beginning December 1, 2014.

>Winter-Spring 2015 Seminar: Japan in the World, Cultural Encounters 16th-19th Centuries. January 29-April 2, 2015. Flyer with full details and registration information is available here December 12, 2014.

Register now. Open to teachers of world history nationwide, this 20-hour course will explore Japan's overlooked international relations with Asia and its encounters with the West before, during, and after the Tokugawa era (1600-1868). Participants will investigate teacher-developed lessons and primary sources to use in their middle and high school world history classrooms. Click here for detailed flyer. Click here for online application. Applications will be accepted on a folling admission basis. Limit 20 teachers. registration closes January 19, 2015, or when course is full.

This course is made possible through the United States-Japan Foundation, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership funding to the J-OPP Project and Freemand Foundation funding to the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at TEA.

>Cracking the Samurai Code. Separating Fact and Fiction in Teaching about the Samurai in Japanese History and Culture. January 9-February 28, 2015. 16 hours. This course has filled.

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. Click here for flyer and application information. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 5. Limited to 20 teachers of high school world history or Asian studies.

>Connections and Disconnection: Japanese Short Stories for High School Literature and History. January 9-February 28, 2015. 16 hours. This course has filled.

Co-sponsored by the J-OPP and NCTA programs at TEA, this online book group for high school literature and history teachers will examine six short stories from The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories. Short stories have been selected to represent the period from the late 1800s through the 20th century. Through moderated discussion, participants will read and discuss stories, consider themes and issues raised in the stories, and share ideas for using the stories in the classroom. Click here for flyer and application information. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 5. Limited to 20 teachers of high school world history or Asian studies.