Olympic Opportunity: Re-prioritizing Japan in the Classroom was launched in January 2016 with generous funding from the United States-Japan Foundation. This multi-year project offers a synergistic program of professional development opportunities, online video presentations, and teaching strategies for secondary social studies teachers and classrooms. Designed to raise the prominence of Japan in the secondary social studies curriculum, the project draws upon the opportunities offered by the five-year period leading up to the 2020 Olympics to promote and facilitate enriched, expanded, and timely teaching and learning about Japan in the secondary curriculum.
Olympic Opportunity Year Two: Tokyo: Imagining and Reimagining the Nation through Its Capital (2017) focuses on providing selected teachers with the opportunity to study about contemporary Japan in depth through an online course, residential summer seminar in Tokyo, and follow-up curriculum project. This year’s program considers the construction and reconstruction of Japanese national identity in modern times, with consideration of the role of Tokyo in the historical narrative and in the projection of a 21st-century identity for the 2020 Olympics. Ten experienced TEA and NCTA alumni were selected to take part in the program, which began with a 30-hour online seminar on the history of Tokyo from the Meiji period to the present. Participants then embarked on a 12-day summer study in Tokyo, considering history, geography, constructed space, national identity and cultural identities. Through the fall, participants will develop and share lesson plans they develop based on their study and onsite experiences.
Olympic Opportunity Year One: Japan’s Olympic Challenges: 20th-Century Legacies; 21st-Century Aspirations (2016). During Year One of the project, TEA offered a one-week institute on contemporary Japan on the CU-Boulder campus for 20 secondary teachers from around the country. Participants explored current social, economic, governmental, and diplomatic challenges faced by Japan, considering both the historical legacies of these issues and their implications for Japan as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics. TEA followed the summer program with a fall 2016 online seminar on the same theme for 24 teachers. Several short videos on contemporary issues by Japan scholars were developed for teacher and classroom use through the summer institute and are available online at http://nctasia.org/resources/class-apps/class-apps-japanese-contemporary.... Titles include:
Japan-Korea: Histories that Bind
Japan’s Contemporary Security Challenges: 2016 and Beyond
Japan’s National Stadium and the Struggle for National Identity
The Japanese Constitution at 70 – Part 1
The Japanese Constitution at 70 – Part 2
The Meaning of President Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima