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Monday, November 2, 2015 - 1:00pm


Mercy College has been awarded a highly-competitive grant from the United States-Japan Foundation for the renewal of the project, Teach Japan.

The grant will directly benefit participants in the Mercy College WIPRO program and their schools (Tarrytown, Yonkers, Portchester and New Rochelle) by bringing global programs to local communities.

Teach Japan will connect participants in the Mercy College School of Education and teachers in area school districts. The project team will present seminars at the College on the history, life, education (including science education) and culture of Japan. Together, participants will develop innovative instructional materials for their science classroom that will include some aspect of Japanese society. The project will augment science teachers’ knowledge of Japan and help them integrate Japan studies into the science curricula in their districts’ middle and high schools. 

After a series of professional development workshops during the academic year, the teachers will travel to Japan in July for 12 days.

Center for Global Engagement Director Dr. Sheila Gersh said: “Mercy College’s Teach Japan grant will help teachers improve their teaching about Japan while teaching science and, in turn, continue to build our partnerships with schools in the community.” She added, “I look forward to working with Mercy colleagues and students on this important project and am especially delighted to have received this grant for the third year to help enhance ‘globalization’ at Mercy College.”

Teach Japan will be directed by Gersh working with School of Education Professor Amanda Gunning, and Center for Global Engagement Visiting Fellow Professor Michiko Kuroda.