TAIP Newsletter - Issue 11

July 25, 2023

Annual Fall Conference: Save the Date & Call for Speakers

We are excited to announce the date for our upcoming Fall Conference 2023!

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

This year, we are planning a multi-session in-person conference featuring presentations from inside and outside our community.

Share Your Expertise!

Our members have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share, and we are eager to hear from you.

We understand that our members possess a wide range of talents and expertise, and we welcome all to apply. However, we are particularly interested in speakers who can provide insights and knowledge that directly benefit early childhood educators.

This call is open to teachers, staff, and administrators from TAIP Member Schools and Associate Member Organizations.

To express your interest, please fill out the linked form with details about your proposed topic and a brief presentation outline.

Workshop Proposal Form:

By sharing our knowledge and experiences, we can continue to learn from each other and enrich our community. We look forward to your submissions and sharing more about the upcoming conference soon.

New Podcast Episode

Episode 5 of the TAIP Conversations Podcast is out now!

In this episode, 'Forest School Adventures: Nurturing Environmental Stewardship in Early Childhood Education,' we delve into the heart of environmental stewardship in early childhood education.

Our guests, Ann Nishigaya of Tokyo Children's Garden and Kai Change of iForest International Forest School, join host Dr. John Adduru, past TAIP President and Center Director of Lighthouse GL, Inc., in a lively discussion about the importance of nurturing a love for nature in young learners.

Please tune in to learn more about the ways that spending time in nature can improve children's physical, mental, and emotional health. We will also discuss the difference between risks and hazards, and how forest schools can help children develop a deep connection to nature and learn how to safely navigate the outdoors.

Listen here, or on:

TAIP Director’s Meeting Reminders

TAIP Director’s meetings will resume in Sept. If a school director wants to be added to the list, please send an email to TAIP Secretary Merete Kropp at

TAIP Connections Interview

We are excited to share our first TAIP Connections Interview with Peter Lackner, President of Jobs In Japan.

In this insightful interview, Peter discusses the unique aspects of Jobs In Japan, shares valuable insights on the English teaching profession and the job market in Japan, and highlights the benefits for preschools and kindergartens seeking qualified teachers.

He also touches on notable trends in the job market during the post-pandemic era. You can read the full interview here.

New Members

We are delighted to introduce our new members who joined TAIP so far this year!

TIK International School: TIK International School, located in Minato-Ku, is an institution that provides a nurturing and diverse learning environment for children. They focus on fostering creativity, curiosity, and a love for learning. (Institutional Member - May)

Olivetree International School: Olivetree International School is a Shibuya-based institution that offers a unique blend inspired by Frobel and Steiner’s early childhood education approaches fostering a love for learning and creativity in children. (Institutional Member - May)

West Japan Cambridge Centre: West Japan Cambridge Centre is an institution dedicated to providing high-quality English language education and assessment. They are committed to helping students achieve their full potential. (Associate Member - May)

Malvern College Tokyo: Malvern College Tokyo is a part of the Malvern College family of schools, known for their holistic approach to education and commitment to fostering global citizenship. (Associate Member - May)

InterAssist First Aid: InterAssist First Aid Training offers life-supporting CPR, AED use, and basic first aid training in a supportive, low-stress environment. They tailor their comprehensive and flexible courses to fit your needs. (Associate Member - June) is a leading online retailer of English language learning materials in Japan. They offer a wide range of textbooks, workbooks, readers, games, and other resources for students of all ages and levels. (Associate Member - June)

Maxwell Education: Maxwell Education Group is a global organization that offers various services, including professional development, business development, EdTech development, and venture capital advisory services. They aim to enhance the learning experience and maximize the wellbeing of learners. (Associate Member - July)

Dandelion Montessori: Dandelion Montessori School in Minato-Ku is committed to empowering children to explore, discover, and develop their unique abilities. They are now accepting students for the 2023-2024 School Year. (Institutional Member - July)

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