A workshop is to be held annually at an institution within the New England region.
About the Workshop Chair
A workshop chair will be designated for each workshop,at least a year in advance. The Chair must belong to the institution which hosts the workshop that year. He/She will bear the responsibility for organizing the workshop, with assistance from the advisory committee.
The Chair's Responsibilities Include:
The President, selected by the members of the committee, coordinates the activities of the committee in assisting the Chair in various areas. He/She also keeps the records of JLTANE workshops, providing a thread of continuity for the workshop.
The Chair may ask the President for the committee members' assistance at any stage of organizing and operating the workshop.
The term of appointment for the members including the President is three years, and one third of the members are renewed each year. They are appointed either on a volunteer or nomination basis. The appointments may be repeated.
Advisory Committee Members 2008-2009
|President||Tamae Prindle||Colby College||~2009|
|2008 Host||Hisae Kobayashi||Connecticut College||~2009|
|2009 Host||Wako Tawa||Amherst College||~2010|
|NECTJ Rep.||Tsuda Kazuo||UN International School||~2009|
|NECTJ Rep.||Tomoko Graham||Noble and Greenough School||~2009|
|Member||Kagawa Kiyomi||Tufts University||~2009|
|Member||Naoto Kobayashi||Hall-Dale School System||~2009|
|Member||Kazuko Ozawa||Wellesley College||~2009|
|2010 Host||Kasumi Yamamoto||Williams College||~2011|
Click here to see the committee members from earlier years.
|Workshop Host Institutions and Keynote Speakers:|
| 1st 1986 Harvard University
2nd 1987 Five College
3rd 1988 Wesleyan University
4th 1989 Connecticut College
5th 1991 Colby College
6th 1992 Middlebury College
7th 1993 Trinity College
8th 1994 MIT
9th 1995 Brown University
10th 1996 Harvard University
11th 1997 Amherst College
12th 1998 Wesleyan University - Kuno Susumu
The first Japanese teachers' pedagogical workshop in New England was designed and hosted by the late Professor Tazuko Ajiro Monane (1939-1991) at Harvard University. Professor Monane's goal was to create a regional horizontal support group for the hard-working teachers of Japanese. At Professor Monane's clarion call, different colleges and universities started taking turns in hosting the annual workshops.
Professor Rieko Wagoner (Trinity College) convened its first business meeting to establish an advisory committee which was later membered by nine representatives from different schools. Professor Wagoner served as its first secretary. For the lack of an alternative ideas, the workshop were then called "The New England Region Japanese Language Teachers' Pedagogical Workshop."
Tamae Prindle (Colby College) was named the second secretary. During her tenure, the organization was named the "Japanese Language Teachers' Association in New England (JLTA-New England)," and the title "Secretary" was changed to "President." At this point, its first home page was created.
The 13th workshop at Connecticut College hosted by Professor Timothy Vance made its attendants aware of a need for a regional vertical network ("articulation") which would serve as a link between post secondary and K-12 teachers of Japanese. Also during this meeting, the Advisory Committee was expanded to nine representatives from colleges and universities and to four teachers from grades K to 12.
For the first time in it's history, JLTA-New England sponsored its annual conference jointly with NECTJ (Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese) at Wesleyan University in June.
During the 21st conference at Harvard University, the Advisory Committee changed the acronym of the association from “JLTA-New England” to “JLTANE.” It also reduced the number of its members to six: President, Chair of the previous year’s conference, Chair of the current year’s conference, and Chair of the next year’s conference, two representatives of NECTJ (Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese). The downsizing to six members will take place in three stages, completing them in 2010.
Advisory Committee revisited the issues of (1) downsizing the Advisory Committee members, (2) the relationship between JLTANE and NECTJ, and (3) frequency of the joint conferences.
(1) The Advisory Committee will consist of nine voting members and one non-voting President. It will draw three members voting from NECTJ (Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese) and six from JLTANE (Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of New England).
(2) NECTJ has no obligation to contribute the fund it raises to the JLTANE/NECTJ joint conferences.
(3) JLTANE/NECTJ will continue holding a conference annually.