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TAIP Fall 2018 Professional Development Events and Opportunities

Dear TAIP Members,


We are happy to announce our fall schedule for Professional Development events and opportunities:




We will be offering a number of smaller events throughout the year. These will be small presentations at various member schools on relevant topics. The main focus will be a discussion time afterward in which teachers share ideas, seek advice and strategize together. TAIP Board Members will be on hand to keep the discussion on track.

Teacher Sharing Sessions are held on weekdays and are free for all members, with refreshments provided for all attendees.

Please take a moment to review the events for this Term below. We ask that those who would like to attend RSVP us at president17@tokyopreschools.org at least one week in advance. Those who sign up will be contacted with more information.


October 19th, “An Introduction to the Montessori Classroom” at The Montessori School of Tokyo, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Ludovica Molinari Momoi and Nicole Vogt from MST will give a basic introduction to the Montessori story.  Participants can then tour a classroom, try out some materials and discuss personal ideas, experiences, and strategies, especially concerning the developmental needs of children.

October 24th, “Music & Movement” at Children’s Garden, 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Music & Movement legend Bruce Gomez will share of his best songs and strategies for engaging preschool children with music. Afterward a discussion will be held in which participants can share songs, dances, ideas and strategies on the topic.

November 27th, “Organizing a Preschool Classroom” at Ohana International School, 6:00-:7:30 p.m.

Shelly Sacks of Ohana International School will show participants around her classrooms, demonstrating how to get the most out of your space. Participants will then share their own ideas and discuss how to best organize and layout a preschool classroom.



We are happy to announce that our Fall Annual Conference will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are putting the final touches on details such as the location, flyer and sign-up system, and will be in touch about those things very soon. For now, we’d like to introduce our presenters and workshops:


Tanya Batt – Storytelling in the Preschool Classroom

Tanya Batt will show teachers how to use storytelling in a preschool classroom to enhance learning, engage with children and enrichen their experiences. Tanya’s workshops are world-renowned and not to be missed.

Tanya is a self-confessed story-o-phile and frock-o-holic. A south pacific pirate princess, a black butterfly, a word warbler and story stitcher who channeled her childhood propensity for talking and her love of dressing up into a real ‘imaginary job’.

Born curious, she left New Zealand, her country of birth at a young age and tried growing up in Australia. This experience left her curious, with a funny accent and a great big sack of stories. Not wanting the sack to burst, she has been sharing stories ever since.

“Stories make you rich and richer still, when you give them away.”

Her story adventures have taken her all over the world, to place both on and off maps. She has been invited to more than twenty countries to share her work.

She both writes and performs stories. Her work is characterized by a weaving of the ordinary and the fabulous. She likes to take old stories and dress them up in new clothes, she likes to dance and sing and hopes that in doing so, she preserves and fosters in her audiences a natural delight and curiosity.

“Stories remind us that there is an unaccountable amount of mystery and magic in this world.”


Kathy Kampa – Creating a Classroom of Success through Music and Movement

Music and movement have the potential to create a classroom of success for you and your students. Learn why music and movement are vital to building success in the young learner classroom. Experience a wide variety of strategies that nurture English language skills along with students’ critical thinking, creativity, and imagination. Join Kathy Kampa’s action-packed workshop to bring greater success to your classroom.

As a PYP (Primary Years Program) dance/music/language specialist teacher at Seisen International School, Kathleen Kampa develops arts-based strategies for young learners by creating links between different areas of the school curriculum. She uses an inquiry-based approach to teaching through which students develop 21st Century skills. Kathleen uses multiple intelligences strategies to help all students find success in the classroom. She supports the development of English language skills by creating songs, chants, and TPR (Total Physical Response)/movement activities targeted to young learners’ needs. Kathleen and her husband Charles Vilina are co-authors of Magic Time, Everybody Up, and the ELTon award-winning course Oxford Discover, all published by Oxford University Press. Kathleen’s two CDs for young learners, Kathy Kampa’s Special Days and Holidays and Jump Jump Everyone, build English language skills through TPR while nurturing creativity and imagination.


More info on this event coming very soon!



Tanya Batt, who will present at our Fall Annual Conference, is also available to visit schools to give performances for students. Tanya is a wonderful storyteller and performer, and will be accompanied by a musician to give a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Here are the details:


Available Dates: November 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th


Full Day: 3 performances, 45 minutes – 1 hour, no limit on number of students. 100,000 yen

Half Day: 2 performances, 45 minutes – 1 hour, no limit on number of students. 75,000 yen

Special Small Session: 1 performance, 1 hour, maximum 50 students. 55,000 yen


All performance reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please email president17@tokyopreschools.org to schedule a visit with Tanya ASAP!



Thank you and we hope as many of you as possible will take advantage of our fall 2018 Professional Development Schedule!



TAIP Board of Directors

President-Elect Position Open

Dear Membership,

As we welcome your new TAIP President, Kathryne Imabayashi, there will be a vacant slot for President-Elect.  The President-Elect’s duties are:

To assist the President, to preside at meetings in the absence of the President, and to maintain and update the membership list by category of membership.  He or she will also compile and archive the data from the annual membership survey, and be the co-owner of the web-based membership contact data of all the member schools.  At the Annual General meeting of his/her year as President-Elect, he or she shall nominate the other members of the Executive Board who will serve during his/her term as President.

Nominations may be made by any association member with the prior permission of the person to be nominated.  The Executive Board shall receive the nominations by February 9, 2017.

One of our nominees is Alex Batten:

Alex Batten is an administrative officer at Komazawa Park International School, where he has worked since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Early Childhood Education, and a Masters of Business Administration, Education. He has been on the TAIP Board of Directors since 2013. He is most proud of his work with TAIP with regards to bringing professional development opportunities, including last year’s well-received Fall Conference with Lisa Murphy.

He hopes to use the opportunity to lead the organization from 2018, furthering its goals and in particular bringing even more exciting professional development events to all our member schools and their teachers. Until that time, he looks forward to supporting Kathryne Imabayashi during her tenure as president this year.

TAIP Bowling Tournament

TAIP is excited to announce the 4th Annual Membership Bowling Tournament! Up for grabs is the Association Trophy to place in your school display case for a year and gloating rights to exercise at will! Who will dethrone Mitsui Gardens or will it be a three-peat?

Sign-Up Here: https://tokyopreschools.org/event-registration/

Location: Tokyo Dome City Bowling

Date: December 10th

Start Time: 10:00 am Please arrive by 09:30 to take care of checking in and shoe rental and ball choice.

Finish Time: 12:00

Each Associate Member and Institutional School Member can field a team of 2 persons to compete for the Trophy.

Team makeup: Each team needs to consist of 2 persons. They can be teachers, admin, office personnel or leadership group members. Please register your team members online.

All expenses for bowling, lane costs and shoe rental will be paid by TAIP. **Anyone wishing to have more drinks or snacks other than the complimentary ones provided after the elimination rounds, please bring your own. Each school or team member will be responsible for that cost.

**Tournament rules and specifics will be announced at the bowling alley.

April 20th 20:00~21:30 – Webinar #6 Supervising to Support Children’s Executive Functioning

Dear TAIP Members

Join our upcoming webinar –
Supervising to Support Children’s Executive Functioning

Here is the link to the webinar registration page:

Supervising to Support Children’s Executive Functioning
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 20:00~21:30

In this webinar, we will encourage supervisors to think about ways to help teachers to support children’s development of flexible thinking, planning and prioritizing, and initiation of tasks. How do we help children use ideas and information, rather than memorizing knowledge? This makes learning so much more dynamic and engaging for both the teacher and the children!

We will use CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) videos to show ways to build higher-order thinking skills into classroom daily routines and activities. Join us as we explore these ideas and challenge our own thinking about how teachers can help children to express themselves more originally and thoughtfully.

This webinar is sponsored by the Tokyo Association of International Preschools, and features experts from the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI, www.communityinclusion.org) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Since the 1960s, the ICI has been a leader in the disability field. We promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of society, through research, training, and consultation, as well as clinical and employment services. Our projects increase disability inclusion across the United States and internationally.

A recording of the webinar will be available for those who cannot make the date and time.

Aoba Japan International School Tour

Dear Membership,

For those attending tonight’s Annual General Meeting there will be a tour prior to the meeting. The tour will begin at 17:30. If you plan to attend, please be on time. See you all tonight!

Best regards,

Bruce, TAIP President