June, 2014: Breeze Issue #80

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The Japan Foundation Invitational - Group Tour For U.S. Educators 2014

Through the Invitational Group Tour Program, the Japan Foundation invites 14 administrative leaders of primary and secondary educational institutions to visit Japan on a nine day trip. This program was established in 2008 to build professional networks between American and Japanese educators, thereby enhancing existing Japanese programs and expanding opportunities for students to learn the language.

Participants will arrive in Los Angeles in late June for a pre-departure orientation which will include discussions on Japan travel tips and the current status of Japanese language education in America. Then on June 26, they will fly to Japan and spend nine days observing the cultural, societal, and educational conditions of Japan, and exchanging ideas among Japanese educators and administrators. Participants will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, visiting schools and the Japan Foundation headquarters, and meeting with their Japanese counterparts in education at several Japanese K-12 schools.

Title First Name Last Name Affiliation City State
Dr. Michele AOKI Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Olyympia WA
Dr. Gregory BARFIELD Georgia Department of Education Atlanta GA
Mr. Scott BARR Classical High School Providence RI
Mr. Jose BUENO Miami Dade County Public Schools Hialeah FL
Mr. Aaron COOK Marysville High School Marysville OH
Miss Katie CRITES Northwood Elementary School Franklin IN
Mr. Timothy ISALY Creekview High School Carrollton TX
Mr. Tony PAYNE Presidio Middle School San Francisco CA
Mr. Douglas REVSBECK Harding High School St. Paul MN
Mrs. Amy ROSE Kelly Walsh High School Casper WY
Ms. Cheri SMITH Bowling Green Independent Schools Bowling Green KY
Dr. James SMITH Virginia Beach City Public Schools Virginia Beach VA
Dr. Eugene SOLTNER Great Neck Middle School Virginia Beach VA
Mrs. Karen STEGMAN Dunsmore Elementary School La Crescenta CA