JETAANY Fundraiser for Japan

The JET Alumni Association of New York, in partnership with NY de Volunteer, will be holding a fundraiser to benefit Japan on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The night will include great drink specials, entertainment, and – a highlight of the event – wonderful raffle prizes. (日本語版は下記

Over 30 generous JET Alumni and local businesses have donated goods and services to the cause, such as: cooking classes, bottles of sake, private dance lessons, handmade jewelry and more!

Please show your support for this cause which is so near and dear to our hearts. All proceeds from this event will go to the JETAA USA Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. During the event we will be collecting messages for Send Hope to Japan from the World to further express our solidarity during this difficult time.

This is an open event and will have a great crowd of JET alumni, members of the local Japanese expat community, and many other New Yorkers wanting to show their support. Feel free to invite your coworkers, neighbors, roommates, and anyone else interested in looking for a way to help!

When: Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-9:30pm

Where: Slate
54 West 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave
(Nearest subway 1, 2, F, M, N, R, and Path)

Entry: Donation of $20 per person pre-sale, $25 at the door. The donation allows entry to the event, plus two raffle tickets. Please bring a photo ID. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased both in advance and during the event.
Additional Ticket Packs:
  • $5 = 1 ticket
  • $20 = 5 tickets
  • $50 = 15 tickets
  • $100 = 35 tickets

Increase your chances of winning! 100% of raffle sales go to the JETAA USA “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.”

How to Purchase:
Please enter $20 for admission to event PLUS either $5, $20, $50, or $100 dollars if you wish to purchase extra raffle tickets ahead of time. (Example: Entry to event ($20) and 5 extra raffle tickets ($20) = $40. Your tickets will be held for you at the event.




$20 = Standard Admission (entry and 2 raffle tickets)
$25 = Standard Admission + 1 additional raffle ticket
$40 = Standard Admission + 5 additional raffle tickets
$70 = Standard Admission + 15 additional raffle tickets
$120 = Standard Admission + 35 additional raffle tickets

Special Thanks to our Sponsors & Donors:
Japan Society, Hills Learning, Bao Noodle, Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), City Bike Coach, New York Video School, Shockra Studio, Boutique Pink Diamond, Bloomsbury Publishing — more to be listed soon!

Please share this event on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr!

JETプログラム参加経験者の会NY支部会は、この度NY de Volunteer(2003年NYで初めて日本人によって 設立された非営利団体)とパートナーシップを組み、4月5日(火曜日)に東日本大震災支援の為のファンドレイズイベントを行います。当日はドリンクが提供されるだけでなく、エンターテイメント、そして最後には豪華景品があたるくじ(ラッフル)が催されます。それらの景品は多くのJET卒業生達や地元企業のご好意により寄付された、お料理教室のチケット、日本酒、個人ダンスレッスン、手作りジュエリー等盛り沢山です。

是非、皆さんにとって掛け替えの無い身近な国、日本の為にご支援をお願いします!集まった義援金は全てJETAA USAの「Japan地震救援基金 」 へと募金されます。又イベントの間、日本とアメリカの結束感を表現する世界から送る日本への応援メッセージプロジェクトとして、皆さんのエールを紙に書いて頂き写真撮影を行います。今回のイベントは誰でも参加が出来、大勢のJET卒業生達やNY在住日本人コミュニティーだけでなく、日本を支援してくれるニュヨーカー達が集まります。是非ご家族、ご友人、ご近所、同僚、日本を支援してくれるあらゆる方をお誘い下さい!
日時:4月5日(火曜日) 6:30-9:30pm
場所: Slate 54 West 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave
(最寄地下鉄線 1, 2, F, M, N, R, Path)
エントランス: 前売り$20, 当日$25
(エントランスにはラッフル券2枚が含まれます。追加のラッフル券は前売りでも当日でもご購入頂けます。)
当日は写真付きIDをお持ち下さい。 

追加ラッフル券パッケージ:

  • $5 = 1枚
  • $20 = 5枚
  • $50 = 15枚
  • $100  = 35枚

沢山買って景品を当てるチャンスをあげましょう!
ラッフルの売上は全額JETAA USAの「Japan地震救援基金」 へと募金されます。

購入方法
イベントの参加の際にまず$20をお支払いになり、更に$5, $20, $50 又は$100等お好きなだけ事前にラッフル券をご購入下さい。
(例:前売りエントランス$20と追加にラッフル券5枚($20)ご購入=合計$40 事前にご購入頂いた券の分は当日イベントまでおとり置きされます)
$20 = 前売りエントランス (エントランスとラッフル券2枚)
$25 = 前売りエントランス + 追加ラッフル券1枚
$40 =前売りエントランス +追加ラッフル券5枚
$70 =前売りエントランス +追加ラッフル券15枚
$120 =前売りエントランス +追加ラッフル券35枚

ご協賛頂いたスポンサー:
Japan Society, Hills Learning, Bao Noodle, Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), City Bike Coach, New York Video School, Shockra Studio, Boutique Pink Diamond, Bloomsbury Publishing — 等更に追加の予定!

是非 Facebook, Twitter, Tumblrでこのイベントを広めて下さい!

Open Educational Resources for JET/ESL

This is an update on my internship with ccLearn, a division of Creative Commons,  a non-profit organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of the internet to support open learning and open educational resources. Our mission is to minimize legal, technical, and social barriers to sharing and reuse of educational materials.

We are working on a site called OpenEd, a site for the Open Education Community and are looking for input and participation from past and present JET Programme participants (I’m a JET alum and webmaster of the JET Alumni Association of NY) as well as other members of the ESL teaching community.

The JET community already has a history of sharing lesson plans and ideas. On a more global level, educators and and institutions have being contributing content (lesson plans, worksheets, multimedia, etc.) to the pool of Open Educational Resources (OER), a kind of educational commons that fosters collaboration and yields greater flexibility and creativity in education.

OER are openly licensed educational resources for teachers and students. All materials that are licensed with a Creative Commons license are OER. OER are “some rights reserved”, meaning that you are free to use a CC licensed work without asking permission as long as you adhere to the license terms. Depending on the license used, you can access, share (copy, distribute, display), adapt (perform, translate), or derive (modify, remix) OER. The openness of a resource increases with the uses allowed.

The OpenEd site is a wiki, so like Wikipedia, anybody can edit the site.  We welcome members of the JET community to add to and edit the site.  We would love to see more links to educational resources as well as personal stories about how you have used open educational resources.

We invite you to take a look at the JET Community page on OpenEd.  You can set up an account on Open Ed and edit and add content.

JETAA 20th Anniversary Kintetsu Essay Contest

The JETAA (Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme Alumni Association) 20th Anniversay Kintetsu Essay Contest Publication is now available online as a downloadable PDF.

A big thank you goes out to Liz Sharpe (JET Alumni Association Pacific Northwest) and Steven Horowitz (JET Alumni Association of NY) who worked so hard to compile the publication. And a shameless self promotion: the music/design/lifestyle company I co-founded, Hepnova Multimedia, did the cover design.

The publication is a compilation of the 15 winning essays into a format that we are hoping to have printed for new and future JETs to read to get them excited about the JET Programme as well as for the enjoyment of the JET alumni community.

For new readers of my blog (including fellow ITP‘ers, holla if yo’ out there!),  I was an English teacher on the JET Programme from 2003-2006 in a city called Nakatsu, on the island of Kyushu.  I also did some freelance writing and played keyboard in some bands, including a salsa band that played a major summer festival, an Ani DiFranco/Cranberries coverband, and did some one-off solo and special guest gigs with vocalists as well.

Click here to download the Essay Contest Publication.