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  Curriculum Design
   
  National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies
    Specializes in providing educational information about Japan. The main audience is K-12 students, teachers, specialists and curriculum developers.
   
  Stanford Program of International and Cross-cultural Education
    Conducts and promotes interdisciplinary research on key global and international issues.
   
  Global Awareness Program
    Provides social studies teachers with training programs and curriculum about Japan.
   
  The Core Knowledge Foundation
    Conducts research on curricula, develops books and other materials for parents and teachers, offers workshops for teachers, and serves as the hub of a growing network of Core Knowledge schools.
   
  East Asian Curriculum Project
    Offers lesson plans, workbooks, guides for history and the social sciences, and abundant resources on teaching materials.

 

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  Teaching Materials
   
  The Japan Forum Homepage
    Offers ideas and material for Japanese language classes by providing a window into the Japanese people and their culture.
   
  The Asia Society: AskAsia
    Provides valuable resources for K-12 educators and students interested in Asian and Asian American studies.
   
  Kids Web Japan!
    A lively multimedia resource for kids from the Japan Center for Intercultural Communications. The site is designed to give a basic introduction of modern Japan to children ages 10-14.
   
  The University of Michigan - Center for Japanese Studies
    Provides Japan-related links, K-12 resources, lists of organizations both in the US and Japan, information for teachers on studying in Japan, etc.
   
  American Forum for Global Education
    Offers leadership and assistance to school systems, state departments of education, and colleges and universities by initiating hundreds of programs and developing educational materials, teacher training seminars and publications to guide and implement these programs.
   
  Japan Information Network
    Provides extensive information on Japan and links to a virtual tour of Japan, maps, statistics and Puzzle Japan.
   
  The East West Center - The AsiaPacificED Program for Schools
    Provides K-12 educators with opportunities to experience Asia and the Pacific region firsthand.
   
  Japanese-Related Projects at Purdue University
    Brings you Computer-Assisted Technical Readings System, and other useful tools.
   
  Mid-Atlantic Region Japan-in-the-Schools Program
    Sustains a resource center, organizes and conducts continuing education programs and workshops, provides consulting services, conducts a cultural education leadership program, and engages in cultural education program evaluation.
   
  Boston Children's Museum
    Interactive exhibitions and programs for children. The museum holds special workshops and educational kits to teach children about Japan.
   
  University of Washington - Japan Studies Page
    Organizes teacher workshops, summer institutes, public programs, publishes teaching materials about Japan. "Modern Japan: An Idea Book for K-12 Teachers" available.
   
  Seattle Art Museum
    Slide library, school tours, and art reference library. Education department offers teaching workshops on Asian art.
   
  The Wing Luke Asian Museum
    A Self-contained teaching aid about Japan for K-6 teachers, includes background information, craft projects. Materials divided into five separate units; geography, clothing, literature, children of Japan, toys and games.
   
  National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
    NCSS is dedicated to the promotion of social studies and its role in preparing students for citizen participation in public life.
   
  Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS)
    Has a list of audio-visual educational materials on Japan. Each listing is accompanied by a brief description of the resource, appropriate grade level, and detailed ordering information, including the address and price.
   
  Sasuga Japanese Bookstore
    An online bookstore for elementary, secondary, and university educators who teach about Japan.
   
  Japanese Section of Asian Division, Library of Congress
    Former Japan Documentation Center, developed an information management system and a database of over 5.000 items that includes source materials in fields such as economics, commerce and industry, law, politics, the environment and social conditions, is now serviced by the Japanese Section.
   
  Programs in International Educational Resources East Asian Studies
    Provide programs and services designed to broaden understanding of global, international, and world regional issues.
   
  K-12 from Japan, Osaka Kyoiku University
    Provides background information on K-12 in Japan.
   
  EduTraveller
    An educational site for all those who have an interest in Japan and Japanese: whether as a student or educator, whether in Japan or abroad.

 

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  Teacher's Associations
   
  The Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATA)
    An international non-profit organizations of scholars, teachers, and students of Japanese language, literature, and linguistics.
   
  Association for Asian Studies
    The association seeks through publications, meetings, and seminars to facilitate contact and an exchange of information among scholars to increase their understanding of East, South, and Southeast Asia.
   
  The Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese
    An organization for teachers of Japanese and related fields in and around the state of Georgia. Their major activities include exhibits at JapanFest, annual GATJ meetings, and dissemination of information via the Internet. They also select the Teachers of the Year Awards.

 

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  Grant/Exchange Programs & Training
   
  The Japan Foundation and Language Center in Los Angeles
    Provides comprehensive assistance for Japanese Language education throughout the United States. The Nihongo Library offers titles in Japanese Language Education with limited volumes in the humanities.
   
  The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)
    Offers a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about Asia in world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses.
   
  Washington Academy of Languages
    Certificate courses in teaching English as a second language, bilingual education, Japanese, methods of teaching foreign language, history/culture of Japan.

   
   
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