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Extending Lessons on Japan: Kentucky Teachers Training Teachers

Professional Development Program for Secondary Teachers

In 2006, the UK Asia Center received support from the Center for Global Partnership to build on the strong foundation of teachers in Kentucky who have experience teaching about Asia, many through the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) seminar offered annually by the Asia Center. The Center recruited a talented cohort of teachers from across Kentucky to participate.

The first phase of the program consisted of a four-day summer workshop on the UK campus in July 2006. Participants came with the lesson plans they had already written about Japan, consulted with the Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE) curriculum specialist to learn about directions in standards and core content, and learned more about Japan from UK Japan Studies professors. The teachers further developed the lessons they already had experience teaching and prepared them to become online lessons through the Kentucky Virtual High School, by working with KDE Web developers.

Over the last two years, the participants have piloted the online Japan lessons in their own classes and have presented the content and the techniques of using the online materials to other teachers at professional development conferences and education co-op workshops. The goal of the project is to not only expand the participants' knowledge for teaching about Japan but also that at least 500 other teachers will have learned about these online lessons and use these valuable resources made by other teachers.

Use the online Japan Lessons: Go to
Use log-in and password: japanese
Click on "My Courses" tab and explore "Lessons on Japan."

Download a catalogue of the lessons: