Japanese educators to tour Corvallis

A group of university professors, a high school principal and a graduate student, all from Japan, will visit Corvallis next week to learn about local education.

From Oct. 8-12, the Japanese educators will tour and observe Corvallis schools. This will be the group’s third trip to the United States, but the first trip focused on a smaller town. The tour has been organized by Randy Bell, associate dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University, and Paula Dungjen, executive assistant to the dean. The tour will be led by Corvallis native Jason Ford.

Ford, a graduate of Crescent Valley High School, moved to Japan in 1996. He settled in Nagoya and opened his own English school in 2000. He arranges and leads a yearly tour for a small group of his students to Portland, Corvallis and the Mid-Willamette Valley, but this tour will be focused specifically on the Oregon education system.

The group will visit Crescent Valley High School, Linus Pauling Middle School and Garfield Elementary School, as well as the Oregon State campus, where they will visit with educators in the College of Education. They will observe the learning environment with a special interest in creative thinking. The group may also ask questions about problem areas such as bullying in schools and interactions with parents.

It is hoped the group will take back with them ideas on how to continue to improve education in Japan. Through this tour and Ford’s school, the educators would like to create relationships between the educators in both countries.


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