Teacher Development

TEACHER DEVELOPMENT HIGHLIGHTS:
  • More than 25 years of pre-service and in-service teacher development experience in Japan at every level from elementary school upwards, working with universities, private institutions, publishers, local boards of educations, and the Japanese Ministry of Education

  • Created and am running the pre-service undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs at Meiji Gakuin University

  • Started and am running Meiji Gakuin’s in-service recertification program for public junior and senior high school teachers

  • Distinguished Lecturer for Temple University Japan’s MEd and EdD programs in TESOL

  • Lecturer at Columbia Teacher’s College MA program

  • Long term record of research and publication on the problems of teacher education in Japan

  • In 2010, wrote a well-received monthly column on teacher-education for Japan’s number one magazine for teacher education, Eigo-Kyoiku magazine

  • From 2003-2008, worked with literally dozens of boards of education and directly with each prefecture’s English Teaching Consultant (Eigo Shudoshuji) to plan and implement intensive in-service training in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s “Action Plan” directives. (Have also been doing such seminars before 2003 and continuing to present day, albeit at a slower rate due to lack of funding from the MOE outside of the Action Plan years)

  • From 2007-2008 served on national MOE sub-committee for teacher education, publishing both a national report with recommendations for teacher education reform

  • Knowing that very few MOE officials would read or act on our sub-committee’s recommendations, we worked with the Japanese publisher Sanseido, to put together a “how-to” book on teacher self-development for Japanese English teachers called “Gambare English Teachers” Awarded two one-year Meiji Gakuin Presidential Grants of 3 million yen each to created on-line and face-to-face resources for pre-service and in-service teacher education

  • From 1985-1986 served as the first National chair of JET Program, developing the national framework for the program, working closely with top officials from the Ministries of Education, Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs and, among other teacher development initiatives, created and ran 2 large-scale national teacher development conferences.

SELECTED TEACHER-TRAINING SEMINARS:

“Utilizing Online Resources Inside and Outside the Classroom” (8/24/2011), Presentation at Annual Teacher Training Conference for junior and senior high school teachers in Tokushima prefecture. Arranged by the Tokushima Board of Education.

“Some Practical Ideas for Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition in the EGAP Classroom” (3/20/2011) at Dokkyo University Teacher Development Seminar, Ibaragi, Japan.

“The Importance of High Frequency Vocabulary for Junior and Senior High School Students” (1/13/2011), In-service training workshop for the Tokushima Board of Education.

“Practical Principles and Practices of Classroom Lesson Planning” (11//9/2010). One-day workshop at the Kanagawa JET-ALT mid-year seminar in Kanagawa Japan.

“The Importance of Developing Vocabulary Knowledge and Reading Skills for Japanese Junior and Senior High School Students: Some Online Resources” (2/21/09), 3-hour workshop for Temple University’s Continuing Education Program.

“Vocabulary Overload! Why Japanese are Studying the Wrong Vocabulary and Some Online Solutions” (1/20/09), Faculty Development Seminar at Tokai University Department of English.

“Communicative Competence: What Our Students Are Lacking and What We Can Do About It” (1/28/08)), Teacher Development Lecture at the JET Program Block Conference, Toyama Prefecture.

“Free Online Resources for Analyzing Reading Materials and Developing Student’s Reading Skills” (1/28/08)), Faculty Development Seminar for Ibaragi Christian University, Ibaragi Prefecture.

“Lesson Planning for More Effective Team-Taught Lessons (11/19/08) Kanagawa JET-ALT MidYear Seminar, Kanagawa Prefectural Education Center Zengyo.

“Utilizing Free Online Resources for Teacher and Student Development” (9/17/08). Guest Lecture to Students at Senshu University.

“Tips for Effective Public Speaking and Making Presentations” (9/28/08). Special Guest Lecture at Tokyo Kasei University.

“Free Online Resources for the EFL Classroom” (7/18/08)), Teacher Development Lecture at the JET Program Conference, Ibaragi Prefecture.

“Action Research and Teacher Development” (12/26-27, 2007), a 2 day intensive teacher training seminar given for senior high school teachers in Kanagawa prefecture, conducted for the Kanagawa Board of Education.

“Action Research for the Classroom Teacher” (12/26-27, 2006), a 2 day intensive teacher training seminar given for senior high school teachers in Kanagawa prefecture, conducted for the Kanagawa Board of Education.

‘Utilizing Internet Resources for Lesson Preparation and Teacher Development” (August 16-17, 2006), a 2 day intensive teacher training seminar given for senior high school teachers in Yamaguchi prefecture, conducted for the Yamaguchi Board of Education.

‘Online Testing and Teaching of English Vocabulary Acquisition, and Micro-Teaching Practice” (August 7-11, 2006), a 4 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Okinawa prefecture, conducted for the Okinawa Board of Education.

“Second Language Vocabulary Development, and Micro-Teaching Practice” (August 1-4, 2006), a 4 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Tokushima prefecture, conducted for the Tokushima Board of Education.

“Service Learning and Volunteerism for the Junior and Senior High School Classroom”(July 20-21, 2006), 2 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Shizuoka prefecture, conducted for Shizuoka Board of Education.

“Micro-Teaching Workshop” (July 26-27 2006), 2 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Shizuoka prefecture, conducted for Shizuoka Board of Education.

“Second Language Vocabulary Development: A Model for Japanese Junior and Senior High Schools” (August 22-25, 2005), a 4 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Yamaguchi prefecture, conducted for the Yamaguchi Board of Education.

“Developing Public Speaking Skills in the Classroom” (August 8, 2005), a 1 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Kochi prefecture, conducted for the Kochi Board of Education.

“Second Language Vocabulary Development: A Model for Japanese Junior and Senior High Schools” (August 2-4, 2005), a 4 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Tokushima prefecture, conducted for the Tokushima Board of Education.

“High Frequency Vocabulary and Extensive Reading: Theory and Practice” (July 21-22, and July 27-28, 2005), 2 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Shizuoka prefecture, conducted for Shizuoka Board of Education.

“Oral Presentation skills for the ESL Classroom” (August 9, 2004), a teacher training workshop conducted for junior and senior high school teachers in Kochi Prefecture for the Kochi Board of Education.

“Teaching Techniques for High Frequency Vocabulary Words”, “Micro-Teaching Workshop”, “New Directions in Team-Teaching”, “Oral Presentation skills for the ESL Classroom” (August 3-6, 2004), a series of 4 intensive workshops conducted for junior and senior high school teachers in Tokushima Prefecture for the Tokushima Board of Education.

“Current Trends in Second Language Vocabulary Teaching”(July 22-23, 2004), 2 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Shizuoka prefecture, conducted for Shizuoka Board of Education.

“Micro-Teaching Workshop” (July 28-29 2004), 2 day intensive teacher training seminar given for junior and senior high school teachers in Shizuoka prefecture, conducted for Shizuoka Board of Education.

“Vocabulary Acquisition Research: Implications for the Japanese High School Classroom”, “A New Model for Team-Teaching in the 21st Century” (8/10/00-8/12/00), two intensive workshops given at the Language Institute of Japan’s (LIOJ), 31st Annual Summer Workshop for Japanese teachers of English.

Teaching Techniques and Trends for Team Teaching into the 21st Century” (9/9/98), at the Fukushima Prefectural Education Center.

Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition: Research and Techniques for the Japanese Classroom (8/20/98), at ELEC (The English Language Education Council), Tokyo Japan.

“English Vocabulary Acquisition for the Japanese High School Classroom”, “Developing EFL Reading Fluency in Japan”, “Reassessing Team-Teaching: Directions for the 21st Century” (8/8/98-8/14/98), three intensive workshops given at the Language Institute of Japan’s (LIOJ), 30th Anniversary Summer Workshop for Japanese teachers of English.

“Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Aoyama Gakuin University Students: What Do We Know? What Should We Do?” (6/17/98). Open presentation at Aoyama Gakuin University.

“New Directions in Team-Teaching” (6/19/98), at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Educational Research and In-Service Training.

“Ideas and Resources for Oral Communication C” (11/18/97), at the Fukushima Prefectural Education Center.

“Team Teaching and Teacher Development”( 8/5/97), at ELEC (The English Language Education Council), Tokyo Japan.

“Public Speaking and Debate: Techniques for the Oral Communication C Classroom”, 7/4/97-7/25/97, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Educational Research and In-Service Training.

“Team-Teaching: Opportunities for Cooperative Development in the High School Classroom” (10/6/96), at the Fukushima Prefectural Education Center.

“Principles of Debate for the Japanese Classroom”, (7/6/96-7/27/96), at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Educational Research and In-Service Training.

“Developing Reading Fluency in the High School Classroom” (10/6/95), at the Fukushima Prefectural Education Center.

“Team Teaching and Lesson Planning” (8/24/95), at ELEC (The English Language Education Council), Tokyo Japan.

“Teaching Recitation and Speech”, (6/19/95), at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Educational Research and In-Service Training.

“Using Intensive EFL Reading Activities in an EFL Context” (2/95), at the Japan Center for Michigan University.

“Mining Your Japanese High School Textbooks” (10/94), at the Japan Center for Michigan University.

“Debating in the High School Classroom”(6/94), at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute for Educational Research and In-Service Training.

“Utilizing Video as a Learning Resource for the High School Classroom” (9/93), at the Japan Center for Michigan University.