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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!

A Special Invitation to Sing and Read Event with Dr. Mike Lockett

Scholastic Japan invites children in all ages and their parents to a fun event with the award winning storyteller and children’s book author, Dr. Mike Lockett! Please share the info with the students and the parents at your school. To register or if you have any questions, please contact Scholastic Japan by email: inquiry@scholastic.jp or call 090-6702-0758 (Sekiguchi).


Date:Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Time:AM:10:30~11:30     PM:13:30~14:30

(Registration starts 30 min. before each session)


Venue:Scholastic Japan Office & Gallery

4-13-6 (1F), Hamadayama, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 168-0065

(Keio Inogashira Line-Hamadayama station 5 min. walk)


Dr. Michael Lockett is a teller of traditional tales in a non-traditional manner. Mike is a lifelong storyteller and had added writing children’s books to his bio. Lockett has been telling stories for 40 plus years in his positions as a storyteller, teacher, principal, central office administrator and educational consultant. He has been in 15 countries including US, Taiwan, China and Iran. Website:www.mikelockett.com






Developing Self Regulatory Behavior in Young Children

There are still a few spaces left for the “Developing Self-Regulatory Behavior in Young Children” Workshop hosted by the Association of International Early Childhood Education. This workshop for early childhood educators is presented by Dr. Felicity Crawford. This event is supported by the Tokyo Association of International Preschools (TAIP). To register, please email: aiecenew@gmail.com or call 03-6721-9336

  • What is self-regulation and why is it important for young learners?
  • In what ways will you help young learners develop self-regulatory skills?
  • Overview and justification for attending to children’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Recent Research Findings on SEL and Implications for  Developing Young Learners’ Emotional Intelligence
  • SEL and children with Autism
  • Sample of SEL program: Interpersonal Cognitive Problem Solving (I Can Problem Solve) & other strategies

Date: Sunday, October 8th, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00    Part One
12:00-13:00  Lunch
13:00-16:00  Part Two
Place: Tokyo Children’s Garden
(101 Nagata House Ikedayama,
5-11-1 Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0022)
Fee: TAIP Members 9,000 yen (+8% tax)
Non-Members 14,000 (+8% tax)

Lunch is available for 1000 yen if registered by Thursday, October 5th. (Veg or non veg)


TAIP Fall Director’s Meeting

Dear TAIP Member School Directors,

I hope you all have had time over the summer to reconnect with friends and family and have returned to a new school year refreshed and rejuvenated.

Last March TAIP held a Director’s meeting as a means to provide an opportunity for us to come together, network, discuss issues we face, and provide support to each other. The numbers that were able to attend were rather small, but I believe the meeting itself surpassed expectations. Those connections made have created a relationship that continues to exist. As Directors our support circles can be quite small, and this is one way that TAIP reaches out and provides an opportunity to create and renew relationships that help support us in our jobs to be the best for our schools.

On Thursday, Nov. 2nd, from 6:00 pm, I will be hosting this school year’s Directors social gathering at Summerhill International School. All member school Directors or their delegated Administrative staff are invited to attend. I hope this timing works well for you and you are able to join us.

Please RSVP by the end of September your intent to attend so that I can properly prepare the refreshments. If you have some topics that you know you would like to share with others, let me know and I will prepare an informal agenda.

I look forward to renewing discussion with those of you who attended last year, and am excited to welcome new Directors into the circle.

Warm regards,
TAIP President