On October 25, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) hosted a visiting assembly of Japanese middle school English teachers. The group of 16 Japanese educators is participating in a training program at UC Davis Extension that is providing them with an overview of the U.S. education system. The goal of the group is to learn best practices and to receive training in teaching skills and techniques.
During a meeting at SCOE, the guest educators received a presentation from SCOE Curriculum Specialist Jan Mayer on English language learner education in Sacramento County. They also received a briefing on other topics including content standards, assessment, and curriculum and instruction.
The visitors got an overview of the federal and state standards requirements, how the foreign language and English learner systems work in California, as well as how all counties and schools are unique in their own ways.
The group of Japanese educators arrived in the Sacramento-area in July and will be in the region until January 2014. The visit to SCOE was coordinated by the non-profit Northern California World Trade Center.