Japenese Educators to Discuss Current Issues

How does the present economic crisis in Asia affect the quality of Japanese schools? What discipline
problems are Japanese educators now facing in their classrooms? Are Japanese educators concerned that
their students are working too hard and studying too much?
Japanese educators and their counterparts from the Pullman School District will discuss those
questions and other educational issues facing their countries, their districts and their schools — and answer
questions from media representatives — at the Washington State University College of Education at 10 a.m.
Oct. 20 in Cleveland Hall Room 160A.
The delegation of eight Japanese educators from Nishinomiya, a Spokane-sized city near Osaka, are
visiting Pullman as part of a cross-cultural partnership established in 1987. The partnership, between the
WSU College of Education and the Nishinomiya School District, is the first and only collaborative
relationship established between an American education college and a Japanese school district.
The delegation is visiting K-12 classrooms in Pullman and at WSU Vancouver and holding seminars for
American educators during the week-long annual exchange visit that ends on Oct. 21.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.
Where: WSU campus, Cleveland Hall, Room 160A
Panel participants: Donald B. Reed, chair of WSU’s Department of Educational Leadership and
Counseling Psychology, coordinator of the Nishinomiya planning committee
Satoru Yamada, superintendent, Nishnomiya Education Board
Shizuka Nakamura, principal, Nishinomiya-Higashi Senior High School
Douglas Nelson, superintendent, Pullman School District
Lynn Baker, principal, Pullman High School
Motoko Yanase, supervisor of international study and research (translator), Nishinomiya School District