Math Learning in Japan

In order to travel to a professional development this summer in Japan, I need to raise funds to cover travel expenses, including airfare, food, and local transportation. 

I am a teacher at John Muir Elementary in San Francisco.  I have created this campaign and my colleagues  at my school are creating similar campaigns.   We deeply believe that our student success is directly related to the depth of knowledge of our teaching practices, which is why we are traveling to Japan for an intensive immersion program on teaching Mathematics through observing math courses in Japanese Elementary Schools.  

Last summer, my colleague Sara Liebert wrote a grant to take a group of educators from our school to a program called Project IMPULS in Japan this summer, where we will engage in professional development around teaching mathematics through a method called "Teaching Math through Problem Solving". 

The good news is we were awarded the grant, and the grant will cover the cost of tuition for several educators from our school to attend the program! However, this year our school budget does not have the ability to offset teachers' travel expenses needed for program participation.  The school district is also unable to support our efforts.

I am trying to raise money to help offset some of my travel costs. Please know that I am doing this work on my own because we do not have a PTA or any other governing body at our school site that works to raise outside donations. 

Our students come from various parts of San Francisco, and attend a Title I school ,where 100% of students receive free breakfast and lunch, and many families are in transition with housing. They are excited about learning new math concepts and skills, from fractions to graphing on a coordinate plane.  Students at our school engage in an innovative method for learning math called, "Teaching Math through Problem Solving".  This is the method that we will be observing throughout our immersion program.  

Through this exciting opportunity we will travel to Japan and attend Project IMPULS at Tokyo Gakugei University to learn a new way of teaching and learn mathematics through the process of lesson study. Lesson study is a process used at our school, that was developed and still used across all schools in Japan. In lesson study, teachers improve their teaching through a process in which teachers jointly plan, observe, analyze, and refine actual classroom lessons called "research lessons".  If you are interesteding in learning more about Project IMPULS, visit: .

We anticipate the travel costs for the program will be:
Airfare: $1,500 per person
Food: $700 per person over 10 days
Local Transportation: $300 per person
Hotel Accommodations/Other Expenses:  $500

I am asking for $3,000 to cover most of my expenses by March 31. I truly appreciate your consideration in helping me to further my professional learning and development, so that I can better serve the needs of our students.
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Justin Stoddard 
San Francisco, CA