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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

K. International School Tokyo – Explanation Day 2018

English session: 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Reception opens 9:30 a.m.)

Japanese session: 1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Reception opens 1:00 p.m.)

Reservations are essential and may be made on line through the school’s website at http://www.kist.ed.jp.

Jessica Lim, ABA Therapist

We wanted to share some information about one of our staff here at Willowbrook International School, Jessica Lim, who is a trained ABA therapist, has an MA in Applied Psychology in Coaching and BSc. in Psychology & Management. She is currently working for us as a teacher’s aide and special needs advisor. Jessica is a very friendly and positive person and great to work with! In the afternoons she is available to have private clients from in and around our community. She can see clients here at Willowbrook or travel to people’s homes. If you are interested in knowing more about Jessica, please contact her directly at jesslimyj@gmail.com or 090-6526-7908



TAIP Fall Annual Conference

Dear Members,

There is still some space left for the Tokyo Association of International Preschools’ (TAIP) 2017 Fall Annual Conference. The event will be held on Saturday, November 11th at K International School Tokyo, and will run from 9: 00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event will feature Daniel Hodgins, an internationally noted presenter and author of “Boys: Changing the Classroom, Not the Child,” and “GET OVER IT, Relearning guidance practices.” He has a unique grasp of children and family issues learned from over 30 plus years of experience working as a teacher, director, educator and parent in both the private and public sector. Mr. Hodgins has been working in the field for years and has extensive knowledge and a unique presentation style.

Mr. Hodgins will kindly be leading two workshops on this day:

Morning (9am-12pm): Looking Through the Eyes of Boys and Girls – Looking at the differences between boys and girls, their learning styles; feelings and environmental needs.

Afternoon (1pm-4pm): Children Who Take You To The End of Your Rope – What are the causes for the increase in challenging behaviors?  Strategies to support the development of self-control.

The event will cost 10,000 yen for the full day (both workshops, lunch included for those who apply by November 2nd), or 5,000 yen for a half-day (one workshop, lunch not included). TAIP members are eligible for a 50% discount. Space is limited so please register ASAP to ensure a seat.


Thank you, and we hope as many of you as possible will take the time to attend this very special opportunity!


TAIP Board of Directors

The Reggio Emilia Approach

The Association of International Early Childhood Education (AIECE) presents a series of workshops about the Reggio Emilia Approach to education, with Marianne Valentine. For questions or to register, please email:  aiecenew@gmail.com

October 30th – November 3rd, 2017:  Mini evening workshops in English with Japanese oral translation (6:45pm-8:45pm)

November 4th, 2017: Weekend Seminar (9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00 pm)

Place: Tokyo Children’s Garden

(5-11-1-101 Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0022)

Fee for Mini Workshops: 4,000 yen/workshop

Fee for 1 Day Weekend Seminar: 15,000 yen

(*Workshops may be cancelled if a minimum number of participants is not reached.)

Mini workshops for Educators 

A series of short hands on workshops that allow you to experiment with the pedagogy of listening in a practical way that can influence your own teaching and environment. These workshops are given from a purely personal perspective based on personal experience and understanding built from a variety of contexts from Reggio Emilia and the International settings. These views do not in any way mean to represent those of Reggio Children.

Monday, October 30th 6:45pm-8:45pm “I looked and then I looked again and everything was different” 

The quality of the youngest children’s graphic work is often noted in the Reggio Schools. We explore together the techniques and strategies used during the process of encouraging children to ‘look beyond seeing.

Tuesday, October 31st 6:45pm-8:45pm “The Environment is the Third Teacher” 

How can the class and school environment encourage creativity? With the use of tools as simple as a digital camera and computer you will be encouraged to look closely at your environment, to consider it from different perspectives and to use it as a stimulus for creating collective art work.

Wednesday, November 1st 6:45-8:45pm “Being sensitive to the structure that connects”

Encouraging children to move from 2D to 3D representations. Using clay as a stimulus for expressiveness, creativity and creative thinking in the early years classroom.

Thursday, November 2nd 6:45-8:45pm “This is my name. Without my name, you don’t know who I am but I am still me…”

Practical strategies for creating an authentic and constructivist approach to literacy within the early years setting.

Friday, November 3rd 6:45-8:45pm “Digital landscapes, possible worlds”

Crossing the boundary between the virtual and the real worlds to stimulate imagination. The use of Digital Immersive context in the early years setting offers the child a new and possible way of entering into relationship with the surrounding environment and the world. This technology poses questions about how the child will collaborate, and how the language of computer coding might be used directly by the children. It also poses the question of how children can combine it with all their other expressive languages.

Weekend Seminar

Saturday, November 4th (in English)

9:00am-12:00pm “Your Image of the Child is Where Teaching Begins” 

A personal perspective of the history and philosophy at the basis of the Reggio Approach.

Howard Gardner describes Reggio as an example of a ‘truly civic society’ and this is the lies at the basis of the history and philosophy of the Reggio Approach. During this workshop, we will look closely at the historical and cultural elements that underpin the approach and then consider the central element of the philosophy: The Image of the Child, from which influences all other elements of the approach. Who is the child that you see each day in your classroom? How can you be sure that you really see them? How do they construct their identity and how do we make that visible? What kind of school do they deserve?

1:00pm-4:00pm “Hands that listen, Eyes that speak and feel” – The Pedagogy of Listening

At the heart of The Reggio Approach lies the dance between educator and child that is the pedagogy of-listening. Through this workshop we will deconstruct the process of tuning in to children’s thoughts and ideas to search for meaning and to support and make visible the children’s theories and understandings. We will look closely at the pedagogical documentation process and this will lead us to consider the how we might support and make projections for  the next phase of the child’s creative thinking process.

Marianne Valentine: Originally from Scotland where she trained first as a classical dancer and then as a primary school teacher, Marianne has been working in early years and elementary education for almost twenty years. Having spent four years teaching in the historic private schools of Edinburgh, Scotland, Marianne moved to Reggio Emilia, Italy where she has been based for twenty-one years. In this small, northern Italian town she has gained significant understanding and experience of the world-renowned Reggio Approach to Early Years Education, both as a parent in the municipal schools and as an educator collaborating in private, state and cooperative education settings in Reggio and the surrounding area.  As well as teaching, Marianne has also written extensively on the educational approach for publications such as the Times Educational Supplement and has produced a study of the system for the Scottish government department of Education. Four years ago, Marianne moved into the International Education sector and now works as early years educator and pedagogical coordinator for the International School of Europe group of schools based throughout Italy. They are a member of the Inspired Global Group of International Schools, which follow a Reggio Inspired Approach to Inquiry based learning.  Marianne is now embarking on Ph.D. research into the use of pedagogical documentation process within the international setting and believes strongly that the basic tenets of the Reggio Approach have much to offer the International community of learners, be that a child, an educator or a parent.

Part-Time Preschool Teacher Position Available

ABC International School is looking for additional qualified and experienced preschool teachers to join their wonderful team in a fantastic, brand new, purpose built facility.

Please send resumes to abcintl@gol.com for the attention of April McBride and include a telephone contact number in Japan. Applicants must be native English speakers, resident in Japan with a valid working visa.

ABC International School in Moto Azabu is looking for a dynamic, native English-Speaking Early Childhood Educator to join our dedicated team and implement an age appropriate, enriched curriculum for 1-3 year olds.

Salary is based on your qualifications, experience and visa status. We are able to sponsor visas for native English speaking applicants from North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Europe. We prefer candidates with an Education Degree and/or an Early Childhood Education Diploma and Kindergarten experience.

Compensation includes:

 Competitive Salary

Transportation fees

Paid summer, winter and spring holidays

Paid preparation time

Professional development support

A great working environment

A hands-on supportive management team

A position is available immediately if you:

are a native speaker of English

have a diploma of Early Childhood Education or a Degree in Elementary Education

have a genuine love of young children

are willing to make a 1 to 2 year commitment

have a positive, joyful and professional outlook

have experience working with children under 6

have a valid working visa that can be renewed

are a hard worker who loves a challenge

are in good health and have lots of energy

are enthusiastic about living and teaching in Japan

are responsible and punctual

Please respond with the following:

 Your resume including a brief summary of your experience, qualifications, visa status and qualifications

Your contact information

A telephone number in Japan where you can be reached to arrange an initial telephone interview

Please note this is not an ESL position, we wish to recruit an experienced and qualified preschool teacher to assist in implementing our age appropriate, enriched curriculum in English with a classroom teaching team.

Our interview process includes:

A preliminary telephone or SKYPE call

An on site interview

An unpaid teaching trial of 3 or 4 hours

If you are a Native English speaker experienced with young children and are committed to excellence in Early Childhood Education, then we look forward to your application. Please send your resume and cover letter to abcintl@gol.com.


We look forward to meeting you!