SDC 2019

Thank you for your hard work!

The 2019 Skills Development Conference is officially behind us and we had a great year! This year, the conference was held at the YMCA in downtown Hiroshima City. It took place from January 16th (Wednesday) to January 18th (Friday). If you’re interested in reading up about a workshop or poster that you missed, check here for the information!

Day One – Wednesday, January 16

TimeEvent Schedule
10:00 – 10:20Welcome Speech
Brief Note on English Education in Japan
10:20 – 10:30Schedule, Announcements, & Questionnaire
10:30 – 11:30Keynote Speaker: Fuyuko Takita
Cultural Dissonance & the Japanese School Staffroom:
How JETs and Japanese teachers Can Adapt to One Another
11:50 – 12:40Team-Teaching Demonstration Lessons

ES/JHS: Dana Chu Collins & Fujiwara-sensei
SHS: Kristen Lewis & Ogawa-sensei
13:40 – 16:00ALT/JTE Workshops

Day Two – Thursday, January 17

TimeEvent Schedule
9:30 – 10:20Workshop Session A

1. Elementary School Toolkit – Scarlet Prentice
2. High School Toolkit – Breann Ballard & Jeremy Mahlman
3. After JET: Finding Work in Japan – Airi Spenser
10:30 – 12:00Case Studies Discussions
13:00 – 14:45Information Sessions

Re-contracting Presentation – Mark Walters
Not Re-Contracting – SDC Planning Committee
15:00 – 16:00Guest Speakers

ES/JHS: Noboru Kaneshige
Early Childhood Education in Japan
SHS: Yoko Kobayashi
What Do Students Expect from ALTs?

Day Three – Friday, January 18

TimeEvent Schedule
9:30 – 10:30Poster Session: School-related Topics
Getting Students to Ask Better Questions – Mark Walters
Connecting with Students – Lauren Alexander

10:45 – 11:40Poster Session: Open Topics
Living Green in Japan (Handout) – Emily Finstad
Passing the Driving Test – Keane Gately
BentNO to BentWOAH – Ahmed Atalibi
Eating Fruits with the Seasons
Portfolio Management
12:40 – 13:40Workshop Session B

1. What’s NEXT with MEXT – Charlotte Chan & Dylan Brain
2. High School Scaling – Kristen Lewis & Diana Faulkner
3. Motivating Students – Jessica Evans & Stephen Mina
4. Becoming Confident in Japanese – Chessamika Gatdula
& Mark Walters
13:50 – 14:50Workshop Session C

1. Around Japan in 90 Days – David Gear & Tara Yamashiro
2. Culture Shock/Mental Wellness – Meghan Gallaspy
& Cassidy To
3. Teaching Students with Disabilities – Eric Wade
& Hana Love
4. Afrikaans 101 – Richard du Plessis & Alexander Van Zyl
15:00 – 16:00Panel Discussion
Sharon Dolabaille (Fukuyama, 2nd Year ALT)
Benjamin Tharby (Kure, 2nd Year ALT)
Kacie Tsao (Fukuyama, 2nd Year ALT)
John Takaezu (Northern Kingdom, 5th Year ALT)