J-OPP West began in 2012 as an online project to provide expanded professional development courses and resources on Japan for teachers in the Western United States. The project is conducted by the University of Colorado Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA), in collaboration with the University of Washington East Asia Resource Center (EARC), and targets the states of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, and Nebraska. Teachers nationwide are welcome to take advantage of online course offerings on a space available basis.
This website is dedicated to state resource pages for our target states, shown above. Our state resource pages provide a selective listing of resources for K-12 teacher and student audiences. For this list, the J-OPP project priority was on identifying people and groups that could come into the classroom, offer opportunities for field trips, or provide research and resource materials for student projects—that is, resources that could help make Japan more real, immediate, and meaningful to students studying that country. To view resources for one of the seven J-OPP target states, click on the state link above. Please let us know if you have resource people or organizations to add to this list by contacting Project Director Lynn Parisi.
For a listing of our upcoming online courses, return to the J-OPP page on the TEA website. Many J-OPP online courses are offered in cooperation with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia program at TEA.
During the 2012-13 school year, J-OPP West will offer online courses in collaboration with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and with activites of the TEA and EARC outreach programs.