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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.

2016 AGM Announcement

Dear TAIP Members,

I hope the New Year has started off smooth for you all.  On January 25th from 18:00~20:00 will be our Annual AGM.  The event will be held at Aoba-Japan International School.  Light refreshments will be served.
Location: https://goo.gl/maps/6G8FhM7dzLL2
RSVP: https://tokyopreschools.org/event-registration/

In 2015 there was an additional position added to the Board as well as an issue with the President-Elect Position.

  • The position added was Technology Director.  This position was filled by Christopher Holland from Columbia International School.  This position works closely with the Webmaster to manage, design, maintenance and assist members in utilizing the website.
  • As you know, Royce Jacobs is the President-Elect.  He is supposed to assume the duties of President on January 25th.  The dilemma is that last year Royce left his position at a TAIP member school.  He is currently in the process of becoming the Head of Academics at a new school, which will be opening April 1, 2016.  The new school is planning to become a TAIP member.

This is where we need to hear your voice.  We may need to revise the constitution to add text about the new position.  Do you agree for Royce to assume the responsibility of President or should he remain President-Elect for another year?  Meaning I would remain President for an additional year. This needs to be put up for a vote at the AGM meeting.

Additionally, if the decision is for Royce to remain as President-Elect for another year, should we hold a possible election for President-Elect if here are any individuals at other member schools interested in running for the position?
We have a lot to discuss on the 25th.  I hope you are able to attend.

Please check this link to review last year’s minutes so the topic may be expedited during the meeting.

Best regards,

Bruce Gomez, President