Nishinomiya, Japan and the
WSU College of Education
Longtime partnership engage in cultural exchange
On Oct. 13-15, 2015 a delegation from Nishinomiya, Japan, briefly visited classes on the WSU campus, as well as Lincoln Middle School and Pullman High School. The three-day event culminated in two education seminars.
Our distinguished visitors were:
- Mr. Maekawa, deputy Superintendent of Nishinomiya Schools
- Ms. Chie Watanabe, Supervisor in the Board of Education
- Mr. Oki, an English teacher at Nishinomiya High School;
- Mr. Nishihata, and English teacher at Taisha Jr. High School.
Opening Ceremony — Tuesday, October 13 — 6:00-8:00 p.m. PDT
The Opening Ceremony was held at the Brelsford WSU visitor’s Center. This marked the official start of the Education Seminars, and following the warm welcomes by many WSU and community leaders, Mr. Maekawa delivered a keynote address on key educational issues facing schools in Japan. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the partnership and educational issues in Japan as visitors mingled with the delegates during the catered reception.
Education Seminar No. 1 — Wednesday, October 14 — 1:00-4:00 p.m. PDT
The first Education Seminar, in Cleveland Hall, Room 247. All faculty and students were encouraged to attend these seminars.
Faculty Presenters included:
- Tom Salsbury: “The Effects of Poverty on Literacy Development”
- Yulia Ardasheva: “What Research Has to Say About Teaching Vocabulary to Young Language Learners”
- AG Rud: “Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media in Learning and Instruction”
- Ann Marie Guerretaz: Demonstration lesson.
- Discussion, and engaged dialogue, on second language learning strategies.
Education Seminar No. 2 — Thursday, October 15 — 1:00-4:00 p.m. PDT
The second Education Seminar, in Cleveland Hall, Room 247. Again, all faculty and students were encouraged to attend these seminars.
Faculty presenters included:
- John Lupinacci “Education that Supports all Students: A Commons Curriculum in Schools”
- Shameem Rakha “Opportunity for all: Strategies for teaching children who live in poverty
- Leslie Hall “Students, Learning and ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences and School Behavior”
- Following the paper presentations will be a dialogue on teaching, learning and poverty in the US and Japan.
Closing Ceremony REception — Thursday, October 15 — 4:00 p.m. PDT
Our Closing Ceremony took place in Cleveland 160A. This was a time to reflect on what was learned during the week, and bid farewell to our international partners.