Leveraging Diversity and Inclusivity in Japanese Teacher Community in an American High School District | Azama | Japanese Language and Literature
Abstract In this modern society, a successful team is defined by how well it embraces inclusivity and diversity practices. In order to build a community in which such practice is the norm, first we must establish the environment where each team member can bring his thoughts without fear of judgement, suspension of her own perceptions, seek opportunities to stretch perspectives, and equity of voice is ensured.
Leveraging Diversity and Inclusivity in Japanese Teacher Community in an American High School District
In 2018, American classrooms are more diverse than ever. This fact provides us with valuable opportunities to learn from and connect with each other. Twenty American high school students in a Japanese language class at North Salinas High School share their family immigration stories in their newly learned language, Japanese. (Yes, we are still learning, therefore, there are some language mistakes in the book!) The purpose of this book is to connect with Japanese speaking communities through common human struggles, resiliency, and optimism for the future. It is also our hope that this book will be a reminder as Japan is experiencing a recent wave of immigration. Instructors of Japanese language and culture might consider this book as a supplemental reading material or as a springboard for a similar project. We dedicate this book to the Japanese American communities as their stories inspired us and gave us the purpose to share our own immigration stories. Japanese Honor Society of North Salinas High School sincerely hopes that you will enjoy our stories. See it on Amazon
Virtual Language Module on Developing Formative and Summative Assessments to Guide Language Learning
Meet Yo Azama—high school Japanese teacher in Salinas, CA, and 2012 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year. His advice to future language educators? “Stay curious!”
AP Online Module: Strategies for Maintaining Student Motivation in World Language and Culture Courses