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TAIP Winter 2019 PD Schedule

Dear TAIP Members,

We are happy to announce our Winter PD Schedule!  We have several exciting events in the coming months. Please take a look at this information and pass it along to anybody at your school who might want to join.

TEACHER SHARING SESSIONS

We will continue our “Teacher Sharing Session” events in the New Year. These events are held on weeknights at member schools, and feature dinner and a discussion of a relevant topic. Size is limited for these events so please register quickly if you’d like to join. Participation is free for all members!

“Literacy in the Preschool Environment” at ABC International School; February 15th, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

We will gather at ABC International School to discuss the topic of literacy. This will include challenges, methods, idea-sharing and a chance to ask questions and seek advice. Please fill out THIS SURVEY to register.

“International School Teacher Assistants” at Poppins International School; 6:00-7:30 p.m.

This Teacher Sharing Session is a chance for Teacher Assistants to gather and discuss their role and duties in the international school preschool classroom. Teacher assistants are an important part of any classroom and they rarely get the chance to experience their own PD events. Please fill out THIS SURVEY to register.

TAIP DIRECTOR’S MEETING

The TAIP Directors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at Komazawa Park International School from 6:00 p.m. This is a chance for Directors, Principals and Heads of Schools to meet and privately discuss their jobs. It’s a great way to share ideas, seek advice and talk about the unique leadership challenges that present themselves. An invitation mail for this event will be sent out in the New Year.

TAIP 2018 ANNUAL SPRING CONFERENCE

We are very excited to announce that TAIP’s 2018 Spring Annual Conference will be held on Saturday, April 6th at the Canadian International School, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This event will feature Elana Leigh, a noted integrative therapist and Director of the Australian Center for Integrative Studies. Ms. Leigh will give a full day, 6 hour workshop. Here is a brief outline:

Teaching from the Inside Out: Switching on our Right Brain in the Classroom

Research indicates the healing nature of right brain to right brain functioning. This often runs counter to our left brain ways of making sense of the world. Difficult and problematic transactions with children or parents is often not to do with what is said but what is perhaps not known, and not spoken – the unconscious wins the race.

 

In this one-day conference we will explore the theory and practices of right brain to right brain teaching and of BEING in the classroom.

 

This will be an active day combing didactic and experimental learning.

Please keep an eye out for more info and registration to begin in early January!

Thank you, and we hope that as many members as possible will attend these events.

Sincerely,

TAIP Board of Directors 

2019 Annual General Meeting

Dear TAIP Members,

 

We will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Friday, January 25th at Ohana International School from 6:30 p.m. All members are invited to send a maximum of two representatives to attend this meeting.

We will offer members a report of our activities, budget and other matters for 2018. We will also discuss the coming year of 2019 and elect the president-elect for the coming year of 2019 (see below). Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

If you cannot attend, you may nominate another member of the organization or board of directors to vote in your place.

We would also like to announce that we are searching for TAIP’s next president for 2020. This is a volunteer position selected from among current members. This individual would join the board of directors and begin to attend monthly meetings from February 2019 in the position of “president elect.” He/she would then assume the role of president from 2020. You may nominate yourself or another individual for this position through the RSVP form below.

An agenda and other details of the event will be sent home in early January to all who RSVP below.

If you plan to attend or would like to join in one of the nomination processes described above, you must RSVP by filling out this survey: https://goo.gl/forms/6Cn84YesiMSIldJh1

Please RSVP as soon as possible so that we can plan for seating, refreshments and other details.

 

Sincerely,

TAIP Board of Directors

TAIP Bowling December 2018!

TAIP is excited to announce the 7th 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!

Sign-Up Here: SIGN-UP FORM

BOWLING SIGN-UPS ARE CLOSED. Please email Alex if you are still interested. president17@tokyopreschools.org

Location: Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018
5 minutes walk from Shinagawa station (Takanawa Exit)
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.

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:

 

 

TEACHER SHARING SESSIONS

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.

 

FALL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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 SCHOOL VISITS

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

Programs:

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!

 

Sincerely,

TAIP Board of Directors

TAIP Bowling Tournament – April 7, 2018

TAIP is excited to announce the 6th 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!

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

Location: Tokyo Dome City Bowling
Date: April 7, 2018 (Saturday)
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.

March 3, 2018 – Workshop with Jenny Mosley

Dear Members,

We are proud to announce a Tokyo Association of International Preschools’ (TAIP) 2018 Special Workshop.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at New International School, and will run from 9: 30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The event will feature Jenny Mosley (https://www.circle-time.co.uk). She is an internationally known speaker with 43 years of experience in education.

Her workshop for TAIP is titled “Vibrant Circle Time for Early Years” and will focus on building emotional resilience and self-esteem for very young children.

 

 

Conference Fee (Paid at door):
TAIP Members: ¥5,000
Non-Members: ¥10,000

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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