International Visitors to Discuss Teacher Education Program

International Visitors to Discuss Teacher Education Program
The Japanese professors will discuss how the PDS program operates in their schools.

A group of education professors from Japan will visit campus next week to learn about the university's Professional Development School (PDS) program and how they can apply its principles to their new Professional Graduate School program in Japan.

On March 4, the Japanese professors and Cal Poly Pomona faculty members will give presentations on a variety of topics from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Heritage Room on the eighth floor of the CLA Building. College of Education & Integrative Studies Professors Janeen Volsey, Teshia Roby and Doreen Nelson will discuss PDS, digital storytelling and design-based learning. The two professors from Japan will share how the PDS program works in their schools and also present their highly successful lesson study program.

Faculty, staff, students, teachers and community members are welcome to attend the event.

Through the PDS program, faculty and credential students closely interact with local K-12 schools, teachers and students.

“We currently have four PDS sites in our neighboring school districts where faculty and students interact closely with school teachers and children.  PDS is a wonderful model for our credential students to foster the university's philosophy of 'learn by doing.'  We hope the Japanese professors' visit to our campus will help shape their new Professional Graduate School program in Japan,” says Ruth Ahn, assistant professor of Teacher Education and event organizer at Cal Poly Pomona.  

The visiting professors are: Toru Sato, Naruto University of Education; Kimitaka Nishimura, Naruto University of Education; Ken Sato, Joetsu University of Education; and Kenichi Kazama, staff member at Joetsu University of Education.