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CGP Grant Program: Grassroots Program 2013

CGP Grant Program – Category 2 Grantees 2013

Columbia University  New York, NY 
National Simulcast on Japan and Study Tour for K-12 Teachers
Project Director: Roberta L. Martin, Ph.D. 
The objectives of this project is to provide high quality content on Japan over a range of subject areas to teachers throughout the U.S. through 1) an on-going series of national simulcasts programs that are accessible and convenient to teachers and 2) an annual related study tour to Japan for outstanding teachers participating in the program. The project aims to provide professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for K-12 teachers as well as to provide opportunities for teachers to travel to Japan to gain first-hand experience to the country to enrich their curricula and classrooms.

Ohio State University  Columbus, OH  
Strengthening the Infrastructure to Produce Future Leaders in Ohio and the Midwest
Project Director: Richard Torrance, Ph.D. 
The project aims to serve as a catalyst for the growth of the next generation of leaders for US-Japan relations. The project will support cooperative activities such as educational outreach, career and professional development in Ohio, the Midwest and Japan. Such activities include physical and virtual “Discovery Boxes” containing various items from Japan for schools, networking and training of teachers, and mentorship network for students interested in Japan.

Japan  Studies Association  Honolulu, HI 
Creating the Next Generation of Leaders for U.S-Japan Educational Outreach
Project Director: Fay Beauchamp, Ph.D.  
The objectives of this project are to 1) develop the capacity of college faculty leaders to initiate, plan and implement outreach activities, including workshops and study tours in Japan 2) to serve all regions of the U.S., especially to institutions in the Midwest and Southern states and 3) to develop and disseminate research, curriculum and teaching materials. JSA aims to achieve these goals by holding faculty development workshops both in the U.S. and Japan and annual conferences.  

Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS) Northampton, MA
Peace Education in Japan and the U.S.: A Curriculum for U.S. Classrooms
Project Director: Anne Prescott
Ten teachers and two study tour leaders will travel to Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kyoto for 12 days in June 2013 for the purposes of learning about peace education in Japan and creating a curriculum for use in their own classrooms back in the U.S. The group will participate in a one-day symposium on peace education with teachers and 9th grade students at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Other activities will include A-bomb survivor testimonials, meetings with local teachers, tours of the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall and Kyoto World Peace Museum, and discussions with community leaders. 

U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation Washington, DC
Strengthening the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) Network and Connecting Next Generation Leaders
Project Director: Jean M. Falvey
The “Strengthening the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) Network and Connecting New Generation Leaders” project proposes to establish regional networks and organize regional and national conferences and outreach programs. This broad objective will encompass building the infrastructure of JETAA by conducting a strategic planning session, applying for federal nonprofit tax-exempt status, conducting research and analysis of the JETAA’s capacity to improve governance, strengthen the network, and improve the quality and impact of outreach activity through programming and social media.

Japan Society New York, NY **J-Initiative Grantee
Going Global (Year 3)
Project Director: Robert Fish, Ph.D.
The objectives are 1) to build a network of schools to further global understanding and dialogue, 2) to create meaningful communication and interaction amongst the participants related to learning objectives established by their schools, 3) through direct participation, to improve student competency and motivation for learning in the area of international studies, foreign language, understanding global perspectives, and effective and safe use of social media, 4) to use digital technology to engage interaction across nations and fields, 5) to promote ideas, curricula development, and networking amongst educators to help with the teaching about Japan in schools outside of Japan. 

Boston Children’s Museum (BCM) Boston, MA **J-Initiative Grantee
Kyo No Machiya Website (Year 3)
Project Director: Leslie Swartz
BCM aims to develop an innovative, interactive web-based exploration of the Kyo-no-Machiya (KNM), the historically-significant Japanese House built at BCM in 1979, and all of its many artifacts by 3-D digitalizing all of the key objects in the house and the extensive BCM Japanese collection. With the development of this website, created over three years with significant professional support and input, BCM  hopes to launch a participatory global network among children and adults interested in learning about Japan, thereby providing a place for Japan experts and specialists to share their insights, knowledge, and ideas. 

Japanese Garden Society of Oregon Portland, Oregon **J-Initiative Grantee
The North American Japanese Garden Association (Year 3)
Project Director: Diana LaRowe
The objective of this project is to develop the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA), a network of stakeholders in the field of Japanese garden. NAJGA was established in the Fall of 2011 by leaders from Japan, Canada and the U.S. to foster cultural education and friendship with Japan. The strategic objectives for 2012 include: establish not-for profit status, recruit members, launch an e-newsletter, augment the NAJGA website (with member Directory and Garden Finder features), publish findings of NAJGA research, host inaugural NAJGA Conference at Denver Botanical Gardens, collaborate with NAJGA Japan Consortium and other related organizations. 

Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education (SPICE), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University Stanford, CA **J-Initiative Grantee
Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) (Year 3)
Project Director: Gary Mukai
The RSP annually selects 25 exceptional high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in an intensive study of U.S.- Japan relations.  The RSP provides students with a broad overview of Japanese history, literature, religion, arts, politics, and economics with a special focus on the U.S.- Japan relationship through lectures from scholars, diplomats, and other professionals.. 

Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. Washington, D.C. **J-Initiative Grantee
National Japan Bowl Network (Year 3)
Project Director: Risa Kamio
This project will create a network of organizations interested in promoting and supporting the study of Japanese language at the high school level, with local Japan Bowl competitions as the unifying link. The project will also promote and support the establishment and development of local Japan Bowl and Japan Quiz Bowl programs throughout the US as a means of supporting the next generation of leaders for US-Japan relations, developing Japan-related information resources, and creating network opportunities for students and teachers of Japanese. 

University of Colorado Boulder, CO **J-Initiative Grantee
J-OPP: Japan Online Professional Programs for Western Region Teachers (Year 2)
Project Director: Lynn Parisi
The objectives of this project are to 1) Establish and expand networks and programs in K-12 Japan outreach, 2) Develop and deliver customized online courses and resource databases on Japan to K-12 educators in underserved Midwest and Mountain West states, 3) disseminate exemplary and innovative curriculum materials developed by projects around the country to underserved areas, 4) Provide customized educational services on Japan to underserved areas of the Midwest and Mountain West, 5) Implement teacher workshop and professional development models that demonstrate the potential to change traditional concepts of outreach by using new technologies, 6) evaluate the program, and 7) maintain program products for use beyond the J-OPP project. 

Asian Art Museum (AAM) San Francisco, CA **J-Initiative Grantee
Bridge Japan Project (Year 3)
Project Director: Deborah Clearwaters
The Bridge Japan Project will build the capacity of the Asian Art Museum to make meaningful contributions to US-Japan exchange by evaluating and refining existing K-12 resources; developing an online, searchable resource for K-12 teachers and students that includes standards based lesson plans, art, video, and primary and secondary literature, and through regional and national online training to support teachers in using these resources.

Japan Center for International Exchange
 New York, NY ** J-Support Grantee
Facilitating US-Japan Civil Society Collaboration for Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake (Year 3)
Project Director: Atsuko Geiger
This project will seek to develop new programs to support the growth of the Japanese NGO/NPO sector by: 1) launching an innovative feedback loop program that converts stories from beneficiaries into data; 2) deepening relationships with Japanese NPOs and NGOs for activation in disasters outside of Japan; and 3) carrying out open workshops and distributing materials and tools for organizational development, including in particular fundraising capacity building for any interested Japanese NPOs or NGOs. This project will also support more donors to engage philanthropically in Japan by developing programs for existing GlobalGiving partners and providing new tools for Japan-based corporations to engage in global philanthropy.