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Mon, 06/27/2011 - 1:45pm

Teach East Asia Conference for K–12 Educators A Huge Success!

News | Teach the World

On Saturday May 21st over 100 teachers made their way to the University of Oregon in Portland’s beautiful White Stag Building in Old Town to participate in the Council’s Teach East Asia Conference for K-12 Educators, the third in our Teach the World Educator Conference and Youth Forum Series. After months of planning, this day of enrichment for teachers on China, Japan and Korea was successful in every way.

Throughout the day teachers were able to immerse themselves in these three East Asia cultures. The day featured 20 workshops workshops on history and contemporary issues, art and architecture, theater, music and dance, language and calligraphy, religion and ceremony, and culture and pop culture, including walking tours of the Lan Su Chinese Garden and Japan Town. At mid-day teachers enjoyed a delicious Korean lunch, Chinese and Japanese performances by the children of the International School, and an East Asian Information Fair and Marketplace. At day’s end teachers collected additional free materials for the classroom and vouchers for an early evening stroll through the Portland Japanese Garden.

Participant feed-back was heart-warming: “Bravo to you! Teach East Asia brought together an amazing group of scholars and community resources to share their expertise with eager to learn classroom teachers. I felt in esteemed company.” Another added “The quality of the teacher participants was wonderful and the presenters were outstanding. Everything about the program was first rate and beneficial to me in several ways. Thanks for a job well done.” Teacher evaluations gave the overall day a 96% rating and 17 middle and high schools have already signed up for December’s Teach East Asia Youth Forum at Portland State University.

The day of enrichment for K-12 teachers was made possible with the support of the Collins Foundation, US Japan Foundation and Wessinger Foundation, the outstanding ambiance and professional staff of the University of Oregon in Portland facility, the vouchers and staff so generously provided by the Lan Su Chinese Garden and Portland Japanese Garden, and the exceptional resources so freely shared by the Oregon Korean School and the Portland State University Institute for Asian Studies. Thank you to our supporters, co-sponsors and volunteers, one and all, from the bottom of our hearts.

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