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Teach Japan Project

The Teach Japan Project, funded by the US-Japan Foundation, has the objective of improving social studies instruction about Japan in middle schools in four Westchester County (New York) school districts (Dobbs Ferry, New Rochelle, Tarrytown, and Yonkers). The goal is to give instructors tools to teach confidently, accurately, and sensitively about Japan.

Rumi Hanagaki Lecture
Stories from Hiroshima

Rumi Hanagaki, a Hiroshima survivor who lives in Japan, came to Mercy College to share her story through Kameshibai (storytelling through pictures). Over 140 middle school students from Yonkers and Elmsford as well as the Mercy community attended the program.

Participants in Workshop
Trip Highlights

After a series of 8 workshops at Mercy College during the academic year, project participants spent 12 days in Japan visiting cultural sites and schools in Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Tokyo--and enhancing their knowledge in order to prepare lessons related to Japan.

Further Information
May 19, 2014

More information about the Teach Japan Project.

David Janes Lecture
Event Spotlight

David Janes, the Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President at the US-Japan Foundation presented a series of Barefoot Gen books to Dr. Sheila Gersh, who previously directed the Teach Japan project at Mercy College.  The Teach Japan project,  funded by a grant from the United States-Japan Foundation, is a teacher professional development program for a select group of teachers in Westchester, NY, that enables them to incorporate Japan into their classroom teaching.