New Journalism

Mar 15 2011

Open Meeting to discuss teaching about the disasters in Japan

This is a call for participation on this week’s Teachers Teaching Teachers! We will open our show up to anybody who wants to join us in a discussion about how to include the disaster in Japan into our curriculum this spring. Do you have an idea or two? Do you know someone (perhaps in Japan) who might also join us on Wednesday (in North America) / Thursday morning (in Japan)? Help us make the connections!
What relevance does the earthquake/ tsunami/ nuclear power catastrophe unfolding in Japan have to our students lives and our curriculum? We suspect that there are many “teachable moments” in the stories coming to us from Japan. But what are they?  What are the lessons we might be learning alongside our students?

Please join us at at 9:00pm Eastern / 6:00pm Pacific USA Wednesday, March 17 /  World Times

Here are two examples of who our guests will be:

  • To help us answer some of these questions, we invited Dave Mammen to join us on Wednesday. Dave is an urban planner who has worked on disaster recovery efforts in Kobe, Japan and Aceh, Indonesia.  He was a Visiting Professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) at Kyoto University and has directed many joint research projects with Japanese government agencies, universities and thinktanks.  His research on ten years of recovery efforts in New York after 9/11 will be published later this year in Japanese and English by Fuji Technology Press. Recently Dave answered question on a CNN blog: Lessons from 9/11 will apply to helping earthquake victims in Japan – In the Arena - Blogs via @cnn
  • We will also be joined by Martha, a senior at Paul’s school, East-West School of International Studies. Martha is not shy about her love of all things Japanese, an affection that only grew after she was able to visit Tokyo on a school trip in the summer of 2009. This was the podcast we did with Martha her Japanese teacher and another student upon their return in the summer of 2009: Teachers Teaching Teachers #161 - 07.29.09 - Summer Special: Submitting Your Own Docs Templates, Japan, and Digital Storytelling.

We’ll be adding to the ideas that are being collected at the Learning Network’s Teaching Ideas: The Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan (New York Times). Katherine Schulten emailed to say that they will be pulling together all of these ideas in a new post this Friday. Let’s share our ideas there too.

YOU are the most important guest on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers. Come share your ideas, connections with people in Japan, and questions! Please plan to come yourself AND invite a colleague.

Please join us at at 9:00pm Eastern / 6:00pm Pacific USA Wednesday, March 17 /  World Times

— Paul Allison, Susan Ettenheim, and Chris Sloan

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